By Sumaila Ogbaje, Abuja.
The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kadin (OHK) have eliminated more than 36 terrorists and several others in air strikes across North East geopolitical zone in the last two weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said this at the bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.
Danmadami said that two top commanders of Boko Haram and Islamic States in West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists, identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida (A’Qaid), were among those eliminated during the period.
He said that while Asiya was killed at Parisu, Ubaida was eliminated at Sheruri; all in Sambisa forest general area on Sept. 12 and Sept. 15 respectively.
“Consequently, within the period under review, troops neutralised 36 terrorists, rescued 130 civilians and arrested 46 suspected Boko Haram terrorists as well as 12 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/ISWAP logistic suppliers.
“Furthermore, 21 AK47 rifles, 163 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, two RPG bombs, 25 Dane guns, four explosive ordinance stores, two bandoliers, 10 solar panels, 23 bicycles, 10 motorcycles and one tricycle were recovered.
“Other items recovered are, 19 cell phones, 28 torchlights, bags of assorted grains, 122 rustled sheep and the sum of N203,125 among other items.
“Equally, a total of 368 suspected terrorists and their families, comprising 53 adult males, 116 adult females and 214 children surrendered to the troops at different locations in the theatre.
“All recovered items, rescued civilians and apprehended suspected terrorists were handed over to the relevant authorities for further action, while surrendered terrorists and their families are being profiled for further action,” he said.
The defence spokesman said that the air component of OHK had on Sept. 9 eliminated several terrorists at Somalia in Sambisa forest in an air bombardment.
He said that similar operations were carried out on terrorists’ enclaves at Abdallari, Mafa, Zanari and Tumbun Baba, between Sept. 10 and Sept. 14, killing several terrorists and destroying their structures.