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Troops of Operation Hadin Kai, in various operations that lasted from 20 January – 10 February 2022, killed not less than 120 terrorists- including top ISWAP Commander and foreign mercenaries.

The operations were conducted in Bama, Gwoza, Monguno, Kanduga, Damboa, Damasak, Gudumbali and Nganzi Local Government Area; Kukawa, Chibok as well as Sambisa Forest, Kirta Wulgo in Marte Local Government of Borno State.

Also in Adamawa and Yobe State, around Goniri in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, who made this known in a statement issued on Thursday, noted that air interdiction eliminated several ISWAP Commanders and their fighters during the encounter.

“An ISWAP Senior Commander, Mallam Ari, the Amirul Fiya in charge of Kirta Wulgo, and some foreign mercenaries fabricating Improvised Explosive Device for the terrorist were killed during the airstrike.

“Relatedly, the Air Component conducted airstrikes on ISWAP enclaves at Abbaganaram, Bukar Mairam, Chukum Gudu, and Jubilaram in Marte Local Government Area neutralized scores of terrorists including high profile Commanders while about 25 Terrorists got drowned in the lake in an attempt to escape the bombardment. The ISWAP armoury and warehouse were also destroyed, several terrorists arrested and assorted arms, ammunition, gun trucks, and other weapons, recovered.

Also, livestock and other items of security concern were recovered,” he said.

According to him, troops rescued 25 abducted civilians, neutralized 120 fighters, arrested 50 terrorists, five gun trucks, 50 assorted arms, and 200 rounds of different calibers of ammunition were captured from the terrorists.

“Similarly, a total of 965 terrorists and their families and 550 children surrendered to troops deployed at different locations including-Gamboru, Tumbumma, Kukawa, Baga, Gwoza, Mallam Fotori, Damboa, Kirta Wulgo, Bun Yadi, Gujiba, Madiya all in Borno and Yobe State.

It is noteworthy to state that out of the 965 terrorists that surrendered within the period under review, 104 are from ISWAP Camp that surrendered to troops at Marte. The surrendered terrorists have been properly documented and handed over to the appropriate authorities for necessary action,” he added.

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