By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says, its troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE had on separate operations eliminated five terrorists in Katsina and Benue States respectively.
Both operations were conducted on 15 and 17 July ,2022 at the affected locations respectively.
The Director Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major General Benard Onyeuko in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters said following credible intelligence, troops conducted a raid operation at Chito general area, Sankera Council Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State and in the process came in contact with suspected bandits.
General Onyeuko noted that the criminals whilst sighting troops,opened fire at their (troops) direction.
Troops swiftly responded with heavy superior fire power leading to the neutralisation of 3 bandits while others fleed.
“Troops searched bandits’ hideout and recovered 18 motorcycles used by the bandits to terrorise the general area.”
According to him, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in a special operation in the early hours of July 17, 2022, conducted operation at Palale-Jaja village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State and made contact with terrorists.
“Troops engaged them and neutralised two terrorists. Items recovered includes two AK 47 Rifles, two magazines, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special, six motorcycles, two phones, one clipper, some packets of tramadol drug among other items.”