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950 insurgents, 537 bandits killed in seven months – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed that its troops killed 950 Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents as well as 537 bandits between May 2021 and January 2022.

The insurgents and bandits were said to have been killed in the ongoing operations Hadin Kai and Hadarin Daji across the north-east and north-west.

The acting director of defence media operations, Benard Onyeuko at a press briefing on Thursday said within the timeframe in focus, troops conducted a series of land, maritime and air operations in the various theatres.

He said the operations resulted in the killing of several high-profile terrorists and bandits.

“Within the period under review, own troops operational activities in Operation HADIN KAI theatre resulted in the neutralization of 950 terrorists including their high profile Commanders and Amirs,” he said in a statement issued at the briefing.

“Also, a total of 79 terrorists were arrested and 113 kidnapped civilians were rescued by the troops of Operation HADIN KAI within the period. In the same vein, a total of 195 assorted arms including AK-47 rifles, GPMGs, PKT guns and locally fabricated guns were recovered from terrorist elements in the course of the operations. In addition, a total of 2,385 rounds of different calibres of ammunition and 253 rustled livestock were recovered, while a total of 14 gun trucks of the terrorists were destroyed in the course of the operations, while 16 gun trucks were captured by own troops within the period.

“Furthermore, a total of 24,059 terrorists and their families comprising 5,326 adult males, 7,550 adult females and 11,183 children have so far surrendered to own troops in the North East. All surrendered elements have been properly profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.

“In Operation HADARIN DAJI, the operational efforts of our gallant troops yielded appreciable results between 20 May 2021 and 6 January 2022. A total of 537 armed bandits and other criminal elements were neutralized in action by own troops, while 374 criminal elements including armed bandits and their collaborators as well as armed herdsman and robbers were arrested. Furthermore, 227 assorted arms, including AK-47 rifles, PKT machine guns and GPMGs as well as 4,443 rounds of different calibres of ammunition and 3,250 rustled livestock among other items and vehicles were recovered within the period.

“Similarly, a total of 238 motorcycles and 118 extra rifle magazines were recovered, while 452 kidnapped civilians were rescued by own troops in the course of the operations. This is in addition to several other feats recorded during air offensives executed on bandits’ enclaves by the Air Component.”

Onyeuko said recent among prominent air offensives were concurrent airstrikes executed on bandits’ enclaves at Gusami Forest and West Tsamre village in Birnin Magaji LGA of Zamfara state, which led to the killings of scores of armed bandits.

The feats, he said, were recorded in the early hours of January 3, 2022, on the heels of credible intelligence, which revealed the locations of two key bandits’ leaders, “the notorious Alhaji Auta and Kachalla Ruga”.

“Consequently, a force package of NAF platforms were dispatched to takeout the enclaves, which resulted in the neutralization of the leaders as well as their cohorts,” he said.

He added that hundreds of “criminal elements” were also killed and or arrested in their operations across other regions of the countries.

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