The Defence Headquarters says the troops of the armed forces have eliminated no fewer than 80 terrorists in two weeks across theatres of operation in the North West and North Central.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this while briefing newsmen on the operations of the military between March 25 and April 7 on Thursday in Abuja.
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In Kaduna and Niger states, Onyeuko said the troops of “Operation Thunder Strike” eliminated a total of 34 terrorists and recovered 14 locally fabricated guns and 17 motorcycles during the period.
He said the troops recorded modest successes as the air component had on March 30, conducted airstrikes on terrorists on motorbikes moving towards Akilibu-Sarkin Pawa Road at Mangoro village, between Kaduna and Niger State.
He said the air component intercepted and neutralised scores of the terrorists.
He added that a large concentration of terrorists was sighted around Kusasu after air surveillance and interdiction were conducted on March 31, killing no fewer than 33 terrorists.
Under Operation Safe Haven, the Defence spokesman said the troops had continued to achieve relative peace through non-kinetic activities.(NAN)