The Defence Headquarters has said that troops of Operation Hadin Kai eliminated no fewer than 38 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists including ISWAP leader, Bako.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while giving an update on the operations of Armed Forces across the country between Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 on Thursday in Abuja.
General Onyeuko further stated that 11 criminal elements including terrorists, their informants, and logistics suppliers were arrested while five kidnapped civilians were rescued in the operations.
The military spokesman also revealed that the troops recovered 29 assorted weapons, 166 rounds of assorted ammunition as well as two gun trucks, and 622 bags of fertilizer which were used for the production of IEDs.
According to him, the feats were recorded at Dar, Kumshe, Wulgo, Chabbol, and Kijmatari villages in Borno State as well as locations along Ngala – Wulgo and Nguru – Kano roads.
Other locations were Dikwa and Mafa villages and Ngama village in Yobe.
Giving more details regarding the strides of troops within the period under review, Onyeuko said 1,199 terrorists and their families, comprising 114 males, 312 females, and 773 children, surrendered to troops at different locations in the North-East between Oct. 15 and Oct. 28.
In another development, Onyeuko said the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted a series of air interdiction missions against the BHT/ISWAP terrorists which were successful in different locations.
“Significantly, on 20 October 2021, the Air Component scored another devastating hit on BHT/ISWAP terrorist elements at Malam Fatori on the fringes of Lake Chad.
“This feat was achieved on the heels of a credible intelligence report and after a series of aerial surveillance which confirmed the convergence of terrorist elements in 20 boats at the location.
“Consequently, airstrikes were executed on the target with various NAF platforms which led to the destruction of the boats and neutralization of scores of the terrorists while few of them fled in disarray with varying degrees of wounds,” Onyeuko explained.
Similarly, on 21 October 2021, following a report of ISWAP elements’ attack on troops at Katarko area in Yobe State, the Air Component engaged the terrorists in successive airstrikes and neutralized scores of them.