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64 insurgents killed in Yobe in one week

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The Defence Headquarters has said that 64 insurgents were killed in Yobe State in one week during an encounter with troops.

The DHQ spokesman, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclosed that the criminal elements met their Waterloo at Gujba Local Government Area of the state and Gonan Kaji village along Damaturu-Buni Yadi Road during firefights with the troops.

Addressing Defence correspondents on the nationwide security operations between January 7-13, 2020, in Abuja on Thursday, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations said firearms, ammunition and 10 gun trucks were also recovered from the terrorists.

He stated, “During the encounter with the troops of Operation Tura Takai Bango at Gujba on January 9, 28 terrorists were neutralized and several others escaped with gunshot wounds, while one gun truck and several arms and ammunition were recovered.

“Similarly on the same day, troops had an encounter with some Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists at Gonan Kaji village along Damaturu-Buni Yadi road in Yobe State, during which 30 terrorists were killed while caches of arms and ammunition were recovered by troops.”

Similarly, on January 10, the DHQ said the troops engaged with some marauders at Kafa village in Damboa LGA and six terrorists were neutralized while a gun truck and several weapons were destroyed.

Enenche further said that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole also dealt with some militants at their enclaves between Goniri and Gorgi in Gujba and Damaturu Local Government Areas of Yobe and Borno States, adding that several terrorists were killed while 10 gun trucks were recovered by the troops.

In the South-South, he said troops of Operation Delta Safe have continued with the aggressive fight against economic sabotage in the zone, noting that the Forward Operating Base Ibaka intercepted two suspects in a large wooden boat laden with 1,184 of 25 kg bags of Yaraliva Nitrabor fertilizers suspected to have been smuggled from Cameroon.

Enenche warned against illegal use of fertilizers for sinister purposes by criminal elements in the country.

“Equally, on January 11, Forward Operating Base Ibaka gunboats while on routine patrol around Mbo River intercepted and arrested a medium-size wooden boat laden with 17 drums of 300 litres of products suspected to be PMS with two suspects,” he disclosed.

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