Troops pound terrorists, kill 202, arrests 437 in one week – DHQ

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Troops on the frontline across the country have neutralised no fewer than 202 terrorists and arrested 437 of them in just one week.

Military also arrested 30 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 209 kidnapped hostages in the week under review.

In the South south area, the joint troops denied the oil criminals of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred and Eighteen Million One Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira (N718,171,000.00).

Spokesman of Nigeria’s Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major General Edward Buba who made the disclosure noted that the ongoing counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations remains focused on fighting the terrorist and their cohorts across the country.

“Accordingly, in the last one week, the military have been striking the terrorist enclaves with air attacks. Similary, the ground forces  have exerted significant military power on areas in which the terrorists are hibernating.

 

“During the week under review, troops neutralised 202 and arrested 437 persons. Troops also arrested 30 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 209 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred and Eighteen Million One Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira (N718,171,000.00) only.

 

“Furthermore, troops recovered 201 assorted weapons and 5,346 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: three G3 rifles, 105 AK47 rifles, 4 AK49 rifles, 17 locally fabricated gun, 37 dane guns, ninepump action guns, one  fabricated SMG, two double barrel guns, two single barrel guns, one pistol, six locally fabricated pistol, one revolver rifle, one damaged PKT, 4 grenades, one RPG bomb, one charger and four bandoliers.

 

“Others are: 3,232 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 833 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 59 rounds of 9mm ammo, 28 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 1,017 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 177 live cartridges, 118 magazines, 9 baofeng radios, 8 vehicles, 118 motorcycles, 10 vehicles, 3 bicycles, 44 mobile phones and the sum of N74,702,320.00 only amongst other items.

 

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 28 dugout pits, 15 boats and 55 storage tanks.  Other items recovered include seven cooking ovens, sevenvehicles, eight mobile phones, twopumping machines, two baofeng radios, one outboard engine and 45 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 707,200 litres of stolen crude oil, 149,700 litres of illegally refined AGO and 400 litres of DPK.

 

“The armed forces remains steadfast in executing its role to restore the safety and security of the citizens of this country. Troops are in a good place in winning the war.” General Buba said.

 

 

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