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How 47,975 terrorists surrendered in Northeast — Nigerian military

No fewer than 47,975 terrorists and their families have surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the Northeast.

Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this yesterday while giving an update on military operations between March 10 and March 24.

Onyeuko said 17 terrorists were killed, 35 arrested while various weapons including 34 AK47 were recovered.

He said the troops also recovered 270 rustled cows, three motorcycles and 13 bicycles used by the terrorists for movement.

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According to him, while 7,000 Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists from different locations surrendered, troops also rescued 27 civilians in the last two weeks.

“The surrendered terrorists have been profiled, while rescued civilians and recovered items were handed over to appropriate authorities for further action,” he said.

In Operation Hadarin Daji, Onyeuko said the Air Component carried out air interdiction on March 14 at Unguwar Adam village in Danmusa council of Katsina State, killing more than 27 bandits.

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He said the air raid was sequel to intelligence report about the gathering of more than 50 terrorists in the area.

He added that one Malam Sule, a brother to notorious bandit, Lalbi Ginshima, was among those killed in the air raid, which according to him is a major setback for the group.

The Defence spokesman said scores of terrorists were also killed in another air interdiction carried out at a terrorist enclave at Magaba in Kaduna State, adding that those fleeing were trailed and mopped up by ground troops.

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