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Nigerian Troops Raid Terrorist Camps, Recover Fabricated Firearm

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Operation Whirl Stroke in Benue State, Northcentral Nigeria have raided hideout of bandits terrorising Abaji general area of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.

Also, another contingent conducted a raid on individuals involved in clashes between herders and farmers at Atiyagiso community in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Northcentral Nigeria.

In 2018, the Defence Headquarters launched Operation Whirl Stroke, a joint military operation in Benue, parts of Nasarawa and Taraba states to tackle insecurity.

John Enenche, a Major General and Defence spokesperson Major in a statement on Friday said continued aggressive clearance operations to stamp out banditry and other criminal activities in the North Central zone of the country led to the killing of three terrorists on Thursday.

“Following credible intelligence reports on the hideout of some notorious elements who were alleged to be terrorising Abaji general area of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, troops of Sectors 2 and 4 swiftly mobilized to the area to flush out the bandits,” Enenche said.

“Troops made contact with armed bandits around Asogo village who on sighting troops opened fire on them and thereafter fled into the surrounding bushes. Troops promptly returned fire thereby killing 3 while one locally-made pistol and 11 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered.”

The Defence Spokesperson further said troops of Sector 3, carried out a dawn raid on the residence of some henchmen said to be behind recent clashes between herders and farmers at Atiyagiso community in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

“During the operation, troops successfully apprehended two suspects namely Mr Abdulkareem and Mohammed Sani who confessed their involvement in the crime following which they were handed over to the police for further action,” he said.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Abuja.

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