***As 192 surrender
By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigerian Military said its troops have killed 62, arrested 28 and released 20 kidnapped police officers.
Brigadier General, Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, stated this yesterday while giving update on the military operations in the country.
While saying that the successes of the operations were achieved between 25 November and 9 December 2021, he added that 54 assorted arms and 144 rounds of different calibre of ammunitions were recovered.
Speaking further, Onyeuko said, on 3 December 2021, troops repelled BHT/ISWAP terrorists’ attack in a fierce gun battle in Kala Balge LGA of Borno State.
During the encounter, he said troops subdued the terrorist elements with superior firepower and neutralized no fewer than 26 of them.
He said the troops also destroyed as well as captured several fighting equipment and vehicles of the terrorists.
“Also, a total of 101 rustled livestock were recovered and 20 kidnapped NPF personnel, who were abducted when the terrorists attacked the Police Division, were rescued by own troops at Buni Yadi within the period.
“Additionally, troops’ kinetic and non-kinetic operations have continued to drive the terrorists out of their camps into surrendering. A total of 192 terrorists and their families comprising 51 adult males, 67 adult females and 74 children surrounded to own troops within the period. The surrendered terrorists were properly profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.
“Regrettably, our gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme prize. They are our heroes in the battle against terrorism. Other locations are; Gombi LGA of Adamawa State as well as Rann/Rumirgo villages and Biu, Bama, Mafa and Dikwa LGAs of Borno State where some terrorists surrendered to own troops. “