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Many terrorists killed, Chadian kidnap kingpin arrested: Army

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kai have killed many terrorists and arrested a Chadian kidnap kingpin.

• June 17, 2021
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The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kai have killed many terrorists and arrested a Chadian kidnap kingpin.

According to the army, the kidnap kingpin, Mohammed Maki, coordinated a kidnapping syndicate and terrorist groups in the North-East.

Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the military operations between June 3 and June 16 on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Onyeuko said the troops conducted several raid operations, extensive airstrikes, responded to distress calls, and repelled and thwarted terrorists’ attacks in the region during the period.

He added that the Air Task Force conducted airstrikes executed within Damboa on June 3, dislodging several terrorists and inflicted significant damages on their logistics facilities.

According to him, the troops also repelled terrorists’ attacks on the town on the same day, where several fighters of the ISWAP sect, including one of their commanders named Umar Tela, were killed.

“Other locations where troops recorded significant results are Gujba in Yobe, Magumeri in Borno, and Mubi in Adamawa, where troops conducted raid operations on terrorists’ hideouts on June 4 and June 5.

“In the course of these operations within the period under review, several terrorists were neutralised, while some escaped with gunshot wounds,” said the army.

It added that a “large number of their gun trucks and other logistics facilities were destroyed.”

The army statement further said, “Troops operations also led to the arrest of some terrorists and kidnappers on June 5, including the leader of a notorious kidnapping syndicate in the North-East zone, named Mohammed Maki, who is a Chadian.

“Troops also recovered large caches of arms and ammunition, large quantities of petrol and kerosine in jerry cans in the course of the operations.”

Mr Onyeuko explained that the troops’ “superior operational engagements had continued to degrade the terrorists’ operational capabilities and deny them freedom of operation in the North-East theatre of operation.”

He said the troops remained resolute to take decisive and adequate actions to abate further terrorists and bandits’ activities and other vices across the country.

According to him, the military high command also lauded the troops’ efforts for their resilience and unrelenting commitment.

“We wish to encourage the public to support our efforts by providing credible and timely information that will facilitate our proactive engagements,” said the statement.

(NAN)

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