The Defence Headquarters on Monday has revealed that troops have eliminated five terrorists and recovered a cache of arms in separate operations in Benue and Katsina states.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko confirmed this in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.
Giving details of the operations, Major Onyeuko explained that the troops of operation Hadarin Daji on Sunday had conducted an operation at Palale-Jaja village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State and engaged terrorists in an encounter during which two terrorists were neutralised.
According to Onyeuko, the items recovered from the terrorists are 2 ak-47 rifles, 2 magazines, 16 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 6 motorcycles, 2 phones, one clipper, some packets of tramadol drug among others.
Also troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on July 15 eliminated three bandits during a raid at Chito in Sankera ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue.
According to the defence spokesman the raid was conducted based on credible intelligence, adding that the bandits engaged the troops in a fierce battle but were overpowered by the superior firepower of the troops.
He said three bandits were neutralised in the operation while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
According to him, during a search on the hideout of the bandits the troops recovered 18 motorcycles used by the bandits to terrorise the general area.
“The military high command commends troops of Operations Whirl Stroke and Hadarin Daji for the feat and encourages the general public to avail troops with more credible and timely information on criminal activities in their areas.’’