The Defence Headquarters has said troops of operation in Borno state have rescued no fewer than 100 family members of terrorists in the last three weeks.
It added that 33 of the rescued terrorists’ families were women, noting that 14 terrorists were killed while 15 were arrested during one of the Operations embarked on in Borno between May 19 and June 2, 2022.
Speaking during a press briefing on the activities of troops on Thursday, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko troops also recovered several arms and ammunition from the terrorists.
He said, “On May 31, 2022, troops repelled attacked by terrorists at Firm Base Arege in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. during the attacked troops responded with superior fire power and inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists while other fled in disarray.
“Cumulatively, troops recovered 10 AK 47 rifles, 5 AK 56 rifles, 2 FN rifles, 227 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 7 AK 47 magazines, 1 PKM gun. 1 AA gun, 164 rounds of AA ammunition, 111 Shilka ammunition, 1 gun truck, 1 shilka barrel, 2 dane guns, 2 Improvised Explosive Device, 1 car engine, 4 trolleys and one water pump machine.
“Troops also rescued 100 terrorists family members which included 33 women. Troops also neutralized 14 terrorists and arrested 15. Accordingly, all arrested, rescued terrorist families and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.”
Onyeuko also said within the weeks under review troops recovered 9 AK 47 rifles, 100 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 458 rustled cattle, 20 motorcycles, and also rescued 152 civilians.