By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Nigeria Military said its
troops killed over 715 terrorist, arrested 146 persons and rescued 465 kidnapped hostages in the last two weeks.

Major General, Edward Buba, Director, Defence Media Operations, stated this on Thursday in Abuja, while giving update on the military operations in the country.

He said the terrorists were killed during a synchronised strikes between  the ground and air forces last month.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 937 assorted weapons, 23,034 assorted ammunitions and  denied the oil theft of an estimated sum over #2 bn (N2,572,397,190.00) only.”
Speaking further, Buba said troops are simultaneously fighting in various theatres across the country to deal with the various threat therein. “The aim is clear, and it is to find and destroy the terrorist and their cohorts  whenever they maybe hiding in order to ensure their enduring defeat. The defeat of these terrorist group is non negotiable as it would deny them to  terrorize or hurt citizens of this country.  
“Troops conducted offensive operations during the month ranging  ambushes, raids, fighting patrols and other covert operations. Tactically, whenever there is a clash between troops and terrorist on the ground. Troops clearing win in the fire fight, though sadly in certain operations casualties are sustained . However, each and every engagement ends with  troops victory, with several dead or surrendered terrorist in every location.  
“Similarly ,  air assets conducted aggressive air flights during the period under review. Upon  confirmation of terrorist presence and the movement of terrorist commanders and their  foot soldiers. The targets are acquired and fighter jets  scrambled to carry out major bombarding raids on significant terrorist enclave.
“The terrorist leaders enclaves engaged include that of terrorist  
Nasanda and his loyalist in Zurmi LGA of Katsina State. Also, on 13 April 2024,  3 Senior terrorist  commanders (Ali Dawud, Bakura Fallujah and Mallam Ari) were neutralized at Kolleram Village along Lake Chad.
“Additionally, on 15 April 2024,  the enclave of terrorist commander Babaru  in Kankara LGA   of Katsina State was destroyed. Similarly, on 19 Apr 24, the terrorist hideout belonging to a senior terrorist commander Kamilu Buzaru’s in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State was decimated. Then, On 20 April 2024, the gathering of senior terrorist commander Ado Ailero and Kamilu Buzaru’s in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State was disrupted by air strikes. Several terrorist combatants and the Commanders were neutralized in the air strikes.
“Other terrorist Commanders engaged by air strikes  include that of  Mallam Yadee at Mariga LGA of Niger State. Then, the Enclave of Abdullahi Nasanda and Mallam Tukur  in Zurmi and Gusau LGAs of Zamfara State. Thereafter, is the Enclave of Mallam Umar and several other commanders located in the Alawa Forest area of Niger State. Furthermore is Bello Turji’s Camp in Kagara Forest located between Shinkafi in Zamfara and Isa LGA in Sokoto. All the surviving terrorist Commanders and leaders are walking corpses as we would get them, sooner than later.
Overall, Buba said the armed forces is building and maintaining the momentum against the terrorist and their cohorts across the country, adding that troops are conscious and are not loosing sight of  importance of  momentum, when it comes to fighting such vicious adversaries.
“The current situation depict a a strain of tactical achievements in degrading the terrorist by dismantling most of the terrorist infrastructure in the NE, killing majority of the combatants, killing a lot of their senior combatants. It must be noted that, many of the terrorist commanders as well have been taken off the battlefield.  
“Ongoing operations have  suppressed  the terrorist  and prevented them from achieving their strategic objectives. Troops have equally denied the terrorist freedom of action and disrupted their actives, thereby reducing their effectiveness. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to rid the environment of terrorist and the military is not resting on its oars.”

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