Troops of the Operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army have reportedly killed three senior Boko Haram terrorists, while scores of fighters, informants and logistic suppliers were said to have been arrested in several counter operations in the North-East theatre of operation.
This was made known in a statement on Monday in Abuja by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.
According to the Army spokesman, troops of 151 Task Force Battalion successfully eliminated the terrorists in an ambush operation on their crossing point along Banki Junction– Miyanti road, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The arrested suspects comprised of eleven adult male terrorists, five adult females and twelve children.
“The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, three AK 47 rifle magazines and a black fragmental Jacket from the suspects. They are currently undergoing preliminary investigations,” he said in the statement.
Nwachukwu also disclosed that on July 15, some suspected terrorists were arrested after they surrendered to troops along with their families, while fleeing their enclaves, following continuous bombardment of their hideouts by troops of the battalion.
“The escaping terrorists and their families were arrested at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in Bama local government area of Borno by troops of the Battalion on fighting patrol at Miyanti and Darajamel.
“The troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force on July 17, tracked and arrested Boko Haram informants and logistics suppliers at Lawanti and Gongolun Communities of Jere Local Government area of Borno.
“The suspects had confessed to have been working as informants for the terrorists, whom they provide with information on troops’ movements, locations, deployments, strength, calibre of weapons and other activities.
“They also admitted to have supplied the terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL), drugs, mosquito nets, kolanuts, recharge cards and food stuff.
“The suspects also disclosed that they were remunerated by the terrorists with proceeds made from selling dismantled old motorcycle parts to dealers in order to fund their purchases.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has commended the troops for being proactive in the ongoing clearance operations.
“He charged them to maintain the tempo and ensure the terrorists are smoked out of their enclaves,” he added.