Troops rescue 20 Policemen abducted by terrorists, kill 62, Arrest 28
EMERGENCY DIGEST- Soldiers of the Nigerian Military deployed under Operation Hadin Kai have successfully rescued twenty abducted policemen from terrorists.
The troops also killed a total of 62 terrorists and arrested 28 of them while weapons and ammunition were recovered.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in a statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko while giving a briefing to newsmen on the activities of the military in the past two weeks.
He noted that in the past 2 weeks, troops extensively conducted multiple land, maritime and air operations at different locations of the various theatres of operation.
Some gallant officers and soldiers also paid the supreme price in the period under review, Onyeuko revealed.
He said: “Cumulatively, a total 62 terrorist elements were neutralized and 28 of them were arrested, while 54 assorted arms and 144 rounds of different calibre of ammunitions were recovered.
“Also, a total of 101 rustled livestock were recovered and 20 kidnapped NPF personnel, who were abducted when the terrorists attacked the Police Division, were rescued by own troops at Buni Yadi within the period.
“Additionally, troops’ kinetic and non-kinetic operations have continued to drive the terrorists out of their camps into surrendering.
“A total of 192 terrorists and their families comprising 51 adult males, 67 adult females and 74 children surrounded to own troops within the period.
“The surrendered terrorists were properly profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.”
Meanwhile, local hunters have arrested three suspected kidnappers at their hideout near Ossra-Irekpeni communities along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja highway.
It was gathered that during the operation there was an exchange of gunfire between the hunters and the suspected kidnappers.
One of the hunters told Daily Trust that his colleagues alongside the chairman of Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi, Joseph Samuel Omuya, stormed the forest-based on a tip-off, late Wednesday.
He stated that as they made their way through the forest, the kidnappers opened fire prompting them to return fire.