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Troops in Nigeria kill 31 militants and capture 81 more

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According to the Defence Headquarters, military personnel have conducted operations in the North East, North Central, and North West in the past week, killing 31 terrorists and arresting 81 others.

This was announced on Sunday in Abuja by Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, who serves as the Director of Defence Media Operations.

A total of 63 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and their families surrendered to forces across all theaters of action, and Buba said the troops freed 10 kidnapped hostages as well.

He further claimed that Operation HADIN KAI forces had undertaken battle patrols in the North East, namely in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe and the Bama and Chibok local government areas of Borno.

Buba reported that the forces had found three motorcycles, 181 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, four magazines, and 12 AK47 weapons, two locally built rifles, and three dane guns.

He also said that the soldiers had rescued five hostages and killed 13 terrorists.

He claimed that this week, Operation Safe Haven troops in the North Central region captured five suspects, 145 stolen cows, and weapons and ammo.

According to him, two IPOB/ESN criminals were apprehended by Operation Whirl Stroke troops patrolling the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue on October 1.

It was the home of a prominent herbalist, he said, but the police apprehended the culprits there.

The troops also found a body armor and some bulletproof vests, he said.

Troops “arrested three suspects and recovered two locally fabricated rifles, 10 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, five cutlasses, one body armour, one bulletproof vest, and a jackknife.”

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Buba said that 33 hostages were rescued and 12 terrorists were apprehended during Operation Hadarin Daji in the North West.

Four AK-47 weapons, two dane guns, 35 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, three motorcycles, five mobile phones, one cutlass, and five solar panels were also reportedly recovered by the forces.

One terrorist was killed, and various weapons and ammunition were discovered, including three AK-47s, one AK-47 magazine with five rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo, 32 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 10 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm warheads, and a cutlass.

He argued that the military and the general public should work together to defeat terrorists and other violent extremists.

He said the military was making progress toward its ultimate goal of protecting the country from terrorists and insurgents so that development could be made at the national level.

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