Land and air troops of the Nigerian military have invaded some hideouts of Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists located at Amdaga, Balazola, Ndakaine, Jango, Sabah and Gobara, all in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
The troops, attached to Operation Hadin Kai, in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force cleared the hideouts during the operations and killed 14 terrorists.
The operatives reportedly rescued 100 family members of terrorists comprising 33 women and 67 children.
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The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this to journalists at Defence headquarters in Abuja on Thursday while updating Nigerians on the military operations across Northeast region of the country between May 19 and June 2.
The troops also recovered a truck that belonging to the Borno State Road Maintenance Agency, which was stolen by terrorists on old Marte Road in February.
According to the senior military officer, the terrorists fled in disarray due to the superior fire power of the troops, and abandoned their properties and family members.
He added, “Furthermore, on May 31, troops repelled an attack by terrorists at Firm Base Arege, in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno and inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists, while other fled in disarray.
“Cumulatively, troops recovered 10 AK-47 rifles, five AK-56 rifles, two FN rifles, 227 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, seven AK-47 magazines and one PKM gun.
“Also recovered are: One AA gun, 164 rounds of AA ammunition, 111 Shilka ammunition, one gun truck, one Shilka barrel, two dane guns, two Improvised Explosive Devices, one car engine, four trollies and one water pump machine.
“Troops also rescued 100 family members of terrorists, who included 33 women. Troops also neutralised 14 terrorists and arrested 15.
“Accordingly, all arrested, rescued family members of terrorists and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.”