Troops dismantle terrorists’ operational base in Zamfara, kills scores


By Emmanuel Obisue

Nigerian troops on counter-terrorism operations in the Northwest on Monday made a significant inroad into terrorists’ enclave in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, where they destroyed the camp and exterminated scores of terrorists, the Army informed on Tuesday.

A statement by the Army’s Public Relations desk said troops acted on credible intelligence on the activities of the terrorists, conducting a targeted clearance operation to dismantle the suspected terrorists’ operational base in the town of Maru.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army public Relations said that after a fierce gun battle with the terrorists, “the gallant troops neutralized 12 of the terrorists, compelling the others to flee. The troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, and two locally fabricated gun”.

“Additionally, our troops captured 10 operational motorbikes used for mobility by the terrorists and 18 rustled cows. The troops destroyed the terrorists’ base after dislodging them.

“The successful operation is a testament to the dedication of our troops in the fight against terrorism and insurgency. The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of our citizens and will continue to take decisive action to curb terrorists’ activities in the region.

“Nigerian Army reaffirms its resolve to sustain the momentum in the ongoing efforts to rid the North West and other troubled areas of terrorism and insurgency,” the statement read in part.