No fewer than 343 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeast theatre of operations have been neutralised between March 18 and May 5, so says the Nigerian Defence Headquarters.
This was revealed on Wednesday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, during a news conference in the federal capital territory, Abuja.
According to Enenche, several other terrorists suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival while logistics installations and networks of Boko Haram insurgents were being destroyed; and 16 of their informants and logistics suppliers, arrested within the period.
Enenche said, “At the call of this duty, some of our troops paid the supreme prize and others were wounded in action as between March 18 and May 5, 343 terrorists, 153 bandits were exterminated
“Some villages that were attacked during the period were rescued by our gallant troops and normalcy returned to the affected areas.
“A number of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions were conducted, which revealed criminal hideouts and their activities.
“Consequently, air interdictions were conducted, which led to the destruction of several BHT logistics facilities and compounds, housing some of their leaders including Abu Usamah and a number of their fighters who were eliminated,” he added.