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  • Updated: April 16, 2024

Zamfara: Army troops neutralize terrorists, recover weapons in clearance operation

Zamfara: Army troops neutralize terrorists, recover weapons

Troops of the Nigerian Army have eliminated twelve suspected terrorists during a clearance operation in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The troops who acted on credible intelligence reports on the activities of the suspects cleared the terrorists' operational base following a fierce encounter.

While others fled the scene, the troops advanced and recovered weapons, including one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, and two locally fabricated guns.

As contained in a statement on Tuesday by Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, the troops also recovered 10 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists and 18 rustled cows.

He said the Nigerian Army remains committed to sustaining the fight against the terrorists in the Northwest and other troubled areas in the country.

The statement partly reads: "Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter-terrorism Counter-insurgency operations in the North West on Monday 15 April 2024, made a significant inroad into terrorists' enclave in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, where they destroyed the camp and exterminated the terrorists.

"Acting on credible intelligence on the activities of the terrorists, troops conducted a targeted clearance operation to dismantle the suspected terrorists' operational base in the town of Maru.

"In 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 guns. 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."

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