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Nigerian Military Recovers Four Anti-Aircraft Guns From Insurgents

Nigeria's counterinsurgency operation has picked up steam as the dry season and additional equipment enable clearance operations.

The Nigerian troops have recovered four anti-aircraft guns alongside various calibres of weapons during counterinsurgency operations in the last two weeks in the Northeast region of the country.

According to the latest operational briefing from the military, covering Feb. 24 to March 10, 2022, the troops also carried out clearance operations at Mandara Mountain and Timbuktu triangle in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria

The troops were reported to have retrieved an unexploded Improvised Explosive Device (IED), four anti-aircraft (AA) guns,  2,000 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition and 10 bicycles. 

In February, the Army’s 144th Battalion alongside the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) recovered several AA (Heavy Machine Guns) consisting of the NSV and DShK pattern variants around the Mandara mountain range area. 

The briefing on March 10 also disclosed the capture of a MOWAG Piranha Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and a truck-mounted 122 with artillery gun. The statement was likely referring to the improvised mobile 122mm D-30 howitzer captured from ISWAP. 

Other weapons captured included one machine gun, 4 AK pattern rifles and a 60mm mortar tube with 5 bombs.

The military was said to have encountered insurgents around Debiro-Shaffa Village in Hawul area of Borno and recovered several weapons including an AK pattern rifle, three magazines, 143 rounds of 7.62mm, a dane and pump-action gun.

In late February, HumAngle had reported that counterinsurgency operations in the region were gathering steam as the military shifts operational tempo and conducts ambushes and patrols.

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