We’re now Targeting Terrorists Leaders, says Military High Command

The Defence Headquarters says the military has continued to target the leadership and chains of command of the terrorists, insurgents and extremist groups undermining the security of the country.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj-Gen. Edward Buba, on Friday in Abuja

Buba said the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations across the country yielded encouraging results.

He said the operations of the last week had resulted in the elimination of no fewer than 50 terrorists and the arrest of 122 of them in different operations across the country.

According to him, the troops also arrested 49 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 182 kidnapped hostages.

He added that the troops recovered 66 assorted weapons and 11,474 assorted ammunition, comprising one conqueror APC, one GPMG, one NSVT gun, one GT3 rifle, 25 AK47 rifles, four pump action guns and two locally made AK47 rifles.

He said, “Items recovered also include three locally-made guns, one locally-made revolver gun, four locally fabricated pistols and four long Dane guns, two locally made hand grenades and one bandolier.

“Others are 574 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 640 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 150 rounds of 12.7mm ammo, five rounds of 9mm ammo, 10,520 live cartridges and five vehicles, 27 mobile phones.

“Others are 12 motorcycles, three baofeng radios, one Motorolla HHR, three bicycles, one solar panel, one solar charger controller, one radio receiver and the sum of N75.9 million amongst other items.”

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