Troops kill 51 terrorists, 876 surrender in North East in two weeks

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No fewer than 51 terrorists were killed by troops while 93 suspected criminals were arrested in the North East and North West regions of the country between May 18 and June 1, 2023.

Also, a total of 876 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province members and their family members surrendered to the troops in Borno during the period under review.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, disclosed these during the bi-weekly briefing on military operations across the country in the last two weeks.

Danmadami said the terrorists were killed during offensive operations to their enclaves in the two regions, adding that 22 terrorists’ logistics suppliers were also arrested.

He said, “Troops also neutralized 26 Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists, including one suicide bomber, arrested 22 Terrorist logistics suppliers, two Terrorist spies/informants, and captured one Boko Haram Terrorist fighter as well as apprehended three armed robbers and 52 suspected criminals in North-East region.

“Troops equally rescued 16 abducted civilians while a total of 876 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of the families comprising 89 adult males, 249 adult females, and 538 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre of operations.

“Also, troops neutralized 25 terrorists, arrested 41 suspected criminals, and rescued 36 kidnapped civilians in the North West region.”

He noted that all recovered items, arrested suspected criminals, and rescued kidnapped civilians had been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action, while the surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families were being profiled.