From Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters(DHQ, said soldiers on internal security operations in Benue and Kastina States have killed five terrorists and bandits in Benue and Kastina states.
The soldiers from Operation WHIRL STROKE and Operation HADARIN DAJI, killed the criminals while on clearance operations at at CHITO general area, SANKERA council ward in Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State and JAJA village in JIBIA Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Director Defence Media Major(DMO), General Bernard Onyeuko, who made this known in a statement, said the soldiers recovered 24, motorcycles, 2 AK 47 Rifles, 2 Magazines, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special, 6 motorcycles, 2 phones, 1 clipper, some packets of tramadol drug, among other items from the criminals.
Onyeuko statement reads; “Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE in a fierce battle eliminated terrorists. On 15 July 2022 based on credible intelligence, the troops conducted a raid operation at CHITO general area, SANKERA council ward in Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State and in the process, came in contact with suspected bandits. Bandits on sighting the advancing troops, fired at the direction of the troops. Troops responded with heavy/superior fire power and neutralize 3 bandits while others escaped. Troops searched bandits hideout and recovered 18 motorcycles used by the bandits to terrorise the general area.
In another, Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in a special operation in the early hours of 17 July 2022 conducted operation at PALALE-JAJA village in JIBIA Local Government Area of Katsina State and made contact with terrorists. Troops engaged them with and neutralized 2 x terrorists. Items recovered includes 2 x AK 47 Rifles, 2 x Magazines, 16x rounds of 7.62mm special, 6 x motorcycles, 2 x phones, 1 x clipper, some packets of tramadol drug, among other items.
The military high command commends troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and Operation HADARIN DAJI for these feat and encourages the general public to avail troops with more credible and timely information on criminal activities in their areas.