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Nigerian Military Kill “Scores Of Terrorists” Hiding In Zamfara Forest

Hundreds were trying to evade an ongoing offensive within the country's northwestern region, when local residents reported their hiding place to the military.

The Nigerian military have killed scores of people in an assault against terrorists hiding out in Danmarke Forest, Bukuyum Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria. 

Gun battles have raged in the area overnight into Tuesday Feb. 8.

HumAngle yesterday observed trucks filled with dead bodies at the military base in Gummi LGA.

Residents of the local government had noticed the terror gang’s movement in the Danmarke area and reported it to military operatives.

Personnel of the Nigerian military under Operation Hadarin Daji, attached to Gummi Military Sector Command, engaged the group, said to number in the hundreds. 

Hamidu Bawa, a 34-year-old resident of Danmarke village told HumAngle “we reported the suspicious movements of our killers and hostage takers throughout this week. They gathered in the Danmarke forest in their hundreds. Many of them are said to be from various camps displaced by the military operations in Anka and Bukuyum local governments. They moved to our location.”

He added that many have since fled to Kebbi State due to the military offensive in Zamfara.

“Many terrorist camps located in Bukuyum local government have been set on fire since the start of operations within the area,” Musa Marafan Marke, the village head of Danmare, a neighbouring community, told HumAngle.

“We left our village for over six months because of these incessant attacks by the terrorists.”

Residents from Gummi metropolis gathered at the military base in Gummi where many motorcycles recovered from the terrorists were loaded into trucks and trailers.

When contacted for an official comment over their operation, Major Ahmad, the Military Sector Commandant in charge of the Military base in Gummi declined any comment, saying he has no jurisdiction to speak to the press.

It could be recalled that in Oct. 2022 a terrorist group abducted the village head of Gadar-Zaima, Abba Hakimi, along with their Chief Imam, two months ago following a distress call to security agencies concerning terror activities.  

For some weeks now there have been renewed efforts by the Nigerian military to curb the activities of terrorists within the region.

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