Defence/Security

Insecurity: Nigerian troops kill Six ISWAP members, recover arms – Army

Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has said its troops have successfully killed six members of the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) in gun battles.

Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, stated this in a statement on Thursday.

The statement said the terrorists were killed in two different locations by two of its formations.

“Troops of 25 Brigade operating under the aegis of Joint Task Force, North East, Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have neutralised 4 terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday 31 August 2021.

“The terrorists who were on espionage along Damboa-Bulabulin- Maiduguri road ran into a fighting patrol team at Kukawa and were neutralised in the fire fight that ensued with the troops.

“On further exploitation after the encounter, the gallant troops recovered from the terrorists, four AK 47 rifles and four Magazines, each loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition,” the statement said.

According to the army, two other terrorists were eliminated by the troops of 195 Battalion, Sector 1 OPHK in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at Dusman-Muna Garage.

It said: “In a separate operation, troops of 195 Battalion, Sector 1 OPHK in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at Dusman-Muna Garage,

Borno state have eliminated two ISWAP terrorists in an ambush operation conducted along an identified ISWAP terrorists’ crossing point at Musari village. The troops also captured and destroyed an ISWAP logistics vehicle conveying assorted goods and contraband items belonging to members of the terrorist group.”

The killing of the terrorists comes as hundreds of members of the terrorists group have repented and handed over themselves and families to the authorities.

Boko Haram and ISWAP have been terrorising the North-east zone of Nigeria and Lake Chad region for over a decade.

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