Again, Troops Intercept 290 D’Salam Terrorists’ Family Members

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said an additional 290 family members of Darul Salam sect’s fighters have been intercepted by troops in Nasarawa State.

Recalled that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in aggressive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves in Uttu community of Toto Local Government Area, neutralized several bandits.

It was gathered that not less than 410 members of the Darul Salam terrorists’ group surrendered to troops and other security agencies, during the raid.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclosed that a robust clearance patrol was conducted last week around the same area resulting in a raid on a Darul Salam terrorists’ bomb-making factory.

Enenche, spoke on Thursday during a press briefing on military operations across the country.

He said in the course of the operation, troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials, six rocket launcher bombs, 10 locally made hand grenades and one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb fuse.

“The camp was subsequently destroyed. In the follow-up operations, troops mopped-up additional 290 terrorists’ family members, as well as the destruction of their camps and hideouts between Koton Karfe in Kogi and parts of Nasarawa States,” he added.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), also disclosed that troops of Operation Safe Haven conducted a robust night patrol within Angwan Duruwa area in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state.

He said during the patrol five suspected drug peddlers were arrested with large quantity of substances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa and other illicit drugs.

According to him, the suspects were duly profiled and have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.

The DMO Coordinator, noted that troops, working together with other security agencies, conducted several clearance operations and repelled BHT/ISWAP attacks on own troops and civilian locations in Yobe State.

He said the operations led to the neutralization of three BHT/ISWAP fighters and recovery of caches of arms and ammunition.

“Meanwhile, as the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE intensifies air strikes against terrorists’ targets in Borno State, some compounds housing BHT/ISWAP fighters were destroyed leading to the elimination of scores at Kaza along Gulumba Gana – Kumshe axis in Borno State on 1 September 2020,” he added.

Speaking further at the briefing, Gen. Enenche, said troops, in conjunction with personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS) Plateau State Command, conducted a raid at Unguwan Chiroma in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.

He added that troops arrested two kidnappers/gunrunners with various blacksmith tools used in locally fabricating weapons.

“Both suspects and items recovered have been handed over to the DSS for further action,” he said.

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