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Troops arrest ex-soldier over arms supply to Boko Haram


Troops arrest ex-soldier over arms supply to Boko Haram

Buna Juliet

Troops on Friday arrested a dismissed soldier engaged in gun running and supplying logistics to Boko Haram terrorists in Boi in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

According to Vanguard, the ex-soldier who was dismissed from 5 Brigade, Damasak was arrested on 18 July 23.

Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba who made this known on Friday also disclosed that troops rescued 88 kidnapped hostages in the last week.

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Giving details of the operations, Major General Buba said, “In the course of operations in the North East, troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralized 13 terrorists, arrested 9 terrorists, 1 gunrunner and 2 suspected terrorists’ collaborators and rescued 18 hostages.

“Owing to troops onslaught, and other prevailing factors, a total of 764 terrorists comprising 2 adult males 336 adult females and 426 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre.

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“Troops recovered a total of 68 weapons and 1,364 ammunition including 26 AK47 rifle, 4 pump action, 5 pistols and 19 Dane guns. Also, recovered are 1,083 rounds 7.62mm special, 228 rounds 7.62mm NATO, 14 rounds 5.56 by 45mm, 15 fully loaded AK47 magazines, and sum of N41,915.00 only and CFA 49,000.

“The Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted air interdiction at terrorists’ hideouts in Tumbun Tulani among others in Borno State and effectively degraded the terrorists and their activities.

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“In the North Central troops of Operation Whirl Stroke arrested 17 suspects and rescued one kidnapped hostage. Troops recovered 5 AK47 rifles, 2 fabricated rifles, one locally made gun, 4 Dane guns, 4 magazines, 12 fully loaded AK47 magazines and 785 rounds of 7.62mm special.