Nigeria Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have continued to record successes as 466 terrorists surrendered while scores were killed in different operations within two weeks in the North-east , Defence Headquarters says.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Bernard Onyeuko, said this while giving updates of military operations across the country from February 10 to 24 on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr Onyeuko said the sustained land and air raids by the troops led to the surrendering of 466 Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists comprising 120 adult males, 137 adult females and 209 children.
He said the surrendered terrorists claimed that they had lost interest in the Boko Haram terrorists’ ideology.
He added that the air interdiction by the air component on February 11, around Marte area of Borno led to the killing of one of the leaders of ISWAP terrorists known as Mohammed Yusuf and his fighters.
“Cumulatively, troops eliminated six terrorists, arrested 26 and recovered cache of different calibres of arms and ammunition and four gun trucks.
“Also, 20 abducted civilian victims were rescued by the troops.
“The surrendered terrorists and arrested criminals have been properly documented and handed over to the appropriate security agencies for necessary action,” he said.
In Operation Hadarin Daji, Mr Onyeuko said the troops recorded a major operational breakthrough when a notorious bandit known as Dogo Umaru, and scores of his fighters were eliminated in an air interdiction Zamfara forest.
He said the operation led to the killing of 10 bandits, recovery of several arms and ammunitions and motorcycles as well as stolen livestock and rescue of 10 kidnapped victims.
In Operation Safe Haven, the defence spokesperson said the troops had sustained both kinetic and non-kinetic operations across Plateau and parts of Kaduna States.
He said the non-kinetic effort led to the convening of a peace summit between Irigwe youths and Fulani youth on February 17 as a prelude to the implementation of peace plan to ensure lasting peace in the area.