Troops eliminate 75 terrorists in June – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says 75 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) members were eliminated by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in 17 encounters in June.

The Nigerian military also said that the encounters resulted in the capture of various arms and large cache of ammunition, including one anti-aircraft gun, 13 AK-47 rifles, one sniper rifle, 21 locally made guns, two dane guns and one rocket propelled gun among other weapons.

The spokesperson of the military, Major General John Enenche, in a statement he released on Sunday, said the sustained onslaught by the troops also resulted in surrendering of a number of insurgents during the month.

Enenche further disclosed that four terrorists, including two women, Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate, identified as wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali area of Adamawa, were captured during the period.

He said the troops also arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu, in Michika, while another Boko Haram fighter was captured in an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama area of Borno.

Also in June, four Boko Haram fighters, according to Enenche, surrendered.

“The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area, Pulka, in Gwoza, while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru, Ngala, in Borno.

“It is equally heart-warming to note that during the period, troops rescued 35 persons from the captivity of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.

“Amongst those rescued were 18 women, 16 children and one adult male.

“Polio vaccine was promptly administered on the rescued children in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while First Aid was administered to the women as required,” he said.

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