Troops neutralize 140 terrorists, arrest 57 others in Borno


Troops of the Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, have killed 140 Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, insurgents and arrested 57 others in Marte Local Government Area of Borno.

The Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, revealed this at a news conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Ali said the feat was recorded sequel to series of air interdiction at Tumbun Fulani and other locations in continuation of decisive offensive aimed at clearing remnants of the insurgents hibernating shores of the Lake Chad.

“Operation LAKE SANITY 2 air interdictions have been highly effective. These aerial operations conducted by national Airforces from Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon have led to destruction of crucial terrorist logistic bases and staging areas.

“It is particularly around Tumbum Fulani and other key locations. Over 140 terrorists were neutralised during these air strikes,” he said.

According to him, 176 terrorists surrendered while 57 others arrested for alleged terrorism.

The troops, he added, recovered cache of weapons including 796 rounds of ammunition, one PKM machine gun, five AK-47 Rifles, two motorcycles, eight magazines, among others.

“Since April 23, the dedicated troops have been relentless in their efforts, recently clearing some locations such as Doron Naira, Zanari, Bagadaza and other key terrorist’s strongholds in Lake Chad area.

“It is essential to acknowledge the sacrifices made during this phase; regrettably, we have recorded six casualties among the multinational troops since the operation began.

“Therefore, let me use this forum to further extend our deepest condolences and prayers for their eternal rest. Their bravery and sacrifice shall not be forgotten,” he said, adding that the success of Operation LAKE SANITY II, is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our troops

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