NIGERIA – The Defence Headquarters has said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and its subsidiary Operation Tura Takaibango, have eliminated no fewer than sixty-four terrorists in different encounters in the North East in the last one week.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, made this known while addressing journalists on the operations of Nigeria’s Armed Forces between January 7 and 13, in Abuja on Thursday.
He reported that several other terrorists were also killed in massive airstrikes by the Air Task Force as well as the destruction of eleven terrorists’ gun trucks and other equipment during the period.
Enenche added that the troops had on January 7, raided a Boko Haram terrorists’ enclave at Goniri and Gorgi in Gujba and Damaturu Local Government Areas of Yobe killing scores and recovered ten gun trucks from the terrorists.
The Coordinator said the newly inaugurated subsidiary Operation Tura Takaibango had on January 9, killed 28 terrorists at Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe.
He said, “Similarly on the same day, troops had an encounter with some BHT/ISWAP terrorists at Gonan Kaji Village along Damaturu-Buni Yadi Road in Yobe.
“During this period, 30 terrorists were killed while caches of arms and ammunition were recovered.
“In the same vein, on January 10, troops engaged with some terrorists at Kafa village in Damboa Local Government Area of Yobe killing six terrorists and recovering one-gun truck and several weapons.”
In the North West, Enenche explained that the military, in collaboration with other security agencies, continued to sustain the onslaught against the bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers.
According to him, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji had on January 9, neutralised no fewer than 50 bandits in Kuriya village of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State following actionable intelligence.
Enenche also disclosed that the troops recovered 334 livestock from the bandits and returned the same to the rightful owners.