Saturday 4 November 2023

‘Your days are numbered’ – Defence Headquarters warns terrorists


The Defence Headquarters on Friday warned criminal elements, especially terrorists and bandits causing havoc across the country, that their days are numbered.

The DHQ expressed delight that the military had thwarted the criminals in several operations conducted within the last week.

Spokesman of the Defence, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, said in a statement on Friday in Abuja that unless the terrorists surrender, the war against them continues.

“The military will continue to deny terrorists, insurgents and violent extremists the ability to achieve their selfish objectives.

“The war is on and their days are numbered, unless they surrender.” 

He said during the operations, 67 terrorists were eliminated, 190 apprehended, and 47 kidnapped hostages were rescued.

The operations were conducted in the North West, North East and North Central zones and substantially inflicted casualties on terrorists, insurgents and violent extremists.

Buba said 112 assorted weapons and 989 assorted ammunition were recovered by troops across areas of the operations.

The ammunition, he said, comprised one GT3, 42 AK-47 and 11 locally fabricated rifles.

The defence spokesman added that seven pump-action guns, one locally made double-barrel pistol, three dane guns and two locally made pistols were also recovered.

According to him, the ammunition recovered included 342 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 321 rounds of 7.62mm special, 190 rounds of 7.62x51mm NATO, 34 rounds of 9mm, 74 live cartridges, 166 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, empty shells and 27 magazines.

Buba added that 23 vehicles, 33 motorcycles, 31 mobile phones, five Baofeng radios, four bicycles, cutlasses, axes, a digital camera and the sum of N3.2 million were recovered.

Giving a breakdown of the operation in the North East, Buba said troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 42 terrorists, apprehended 15 and rescued ten kidnapped hostages within the week.

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