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Troops Kill Terrorists In Benue, Kaduna Forest

Three terrorists who operated as bandits were killed on Sunday by troops of Sector-1 Operation Whirl Stroke at Tsehombe-Adaka village in Benue State, North Central Nigeria, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters said.

John Enenche, a Major General and Coordinator, Defence Media Operations disclosed in a statement obtained by HumAngle on Monday that the troops also recovered arms and ammunition during the encounter. 

Enenche said in the statement that the troops responded to a distress call about an attack by suspected terrorists in the community.

He said troops immediately mobilised to the location leading to a shootout between troops and the terrorists.

According to him, the gallant troops overwhelmed the terrorists by superior firepower, following which troops successfully neutralised three of the bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

“Troops recovered one AK47 rifle loaded with one magazine containing 5 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.

“The gallant troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols to deter further attacks, while efforts are ongoing to locate and neutralise other bandits that might still be hibernating in the area,” he said.

He urged members of the public to continue to provide credible information to the troops operating within their localities.

Similarly, the Defence Headquarters had on Sunday said that the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike killed scores of terrorists at their spotted camp at Kuduru forest area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, on Saturday.

Kuduru forest is the hideout of different terrorists converging in the northwest including the Ansaru wing of Boko Haram.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), John Enenche, a Major General and  Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, who disclosed this in a statement, the air raid was conducted sequel to credible intelligence which located the group of bandits that had launched an attack on troops from the forest area. 

The Defence Spokesperson was quoted as saying that the confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions led to the identification of the camp.

He added that the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft to engage the location scoring devastating hits which destroyed the bandits’ logistics structures and killed several of them.

“The NAF attack aircraft and an ISR platform later provided close air support as the Police advanced from Sarkin Pawa through Tawali towards Kofa area,” Enenche said.

“The attack aircraft engaged the bandits at the objective, ahead of the ground forces, while the ISR aircraft provided situational awareness throughout the operation.”

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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