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Troops arrest 115 terrorists, neutralise 43 in one week



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The Defence Headquarters has said no fewer than 115 terrorists have been arrested and 43 others arrested by troops in different operations in one week.

Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, revealed this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja.

Buba said the military is committed to wiping out the terrorists across the country.

He said the military is hunting terrorists in their hideouts and conducting targeted offensives to eliminate them.

Buba said that the military had neutralised many terrorist groups’ leaders and degraded their fighting capabilities.

He said: “During the week in focus, troops conducted ambushes, raids, fighting patrols and other forms of offensives against terrorists.

“These offensive actions resulted in 43 terrorists being neutralised and 115 arrested.

“Troops recovered 87 assorted weapons and 666 assorted ammunition comprising 11 AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, two pump action guns and eight locally fabricated guns.

“Also recovered are 11 Dane guns, two locally fabricated pistols, one Makarov pistol, one Beretta pistol, one fabricated SMG, one locally-made mortar with one empty bomb, four IEDs, 17 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 592 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, four rounds of 7.5mm ammo, one round of 9mm ammo and 36 live cartridges.

“Others are 18 empty cases of 7.62mm special, two bandoliers, 13 magazines, two vehicles, 21 mobile phones, nine motorcycles, 15 bicycles, two tricycles, five boafeng HH radios and the sum of N1.6 million amongst other items.”

He added that troops also arrested 17 oil thieves and rescued 39 abducted hostages in the South-South region.

He added: “Other items recovered include 24 cooking ovens, three pump machines, and 25 illegal refining sites, as well as recovered 315,700 litres of stolen crude oil, 1,200 litres of illegally refined AGO and 3,158 litres of DPK.

“We assure that we will defeat the terrorists on the battlefield and in their hiding places in order that our country can flourish again.

“We call on the public to continue to act responsibly and be forthcoming for the progress of our nation.

“Citizens are urged to see themselves as the outstretched arm of the military in this war and to create conditions that would hasten victory.”



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