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Troops kill 94 terrorists in one week – Army

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Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria neutralised no fewer than 94 terrorists and apprehended 214 suspects, including kidnappers and oil thieves, in various operations in the past week.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, stated this while briefing newsmen on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the troops also rescued 29 hostages and recovered 168 assorted weapons and 2,757 assorted ammunition within the week.

In the North East, he said a total of 168 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists and their families, comprising 11 adult males, 65 adult females and 92 children, surrendered to troops within the theatre of operations between January 17 and 24.

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Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 27 terrorists and arrested four, as well as recovered 22 AK47 rifles and one Vektor R4 rifle, among several other items.

He said the air component conducted air interdiction on the terrorists’ hideouts and movements of gun trucks to carry out coordinated attacks on troops and civilians in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.

According to him, the locations were acquired, attacked and bombarded with rockets and cannons, killing several terrorists and destroying their mobility and structures.

In the North Central, Buba said troops of Operation Safe Haven arrested suspected violent extremists and insurgents and foiled Fulani militia attacks on locals in Mangu, Bokkos and Wase Local Government Areas of Plateau during the week.

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