Army eliminates 43 terrorists and destroys 167 illegal refineries

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The Defense Headquarters says troops of Operation Hadin Kai have neutralized 43 terrorists, arrested 20 and rescued 63 kidnapped victims across the North East within three weeks.

The Director, Defense Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko, said this today while briefing newsmen on the operations of the armed forces between April 28 and May 19, in Abuja.

Onyeuko also said that 1,627 Boko Haram fighters and their families, comprising 331 Men, 441 women and 855 children, surrendered to the troops at different locations between May 1 and May 14.

He said that 53,262 had so far surrendered as at May 16.

Onyeuko said that troops killed Malam Shehu, who was the Amir and spiritual head of the group and some of his foot soldiers during a clearance operation in their enclaves.

He said the troops had on May 14, neutralized Abubakar Sarki, a Boko Haram commander and his fighters in Sambisa Forest.

Meanwhile, the Defense Headquarters says the troops of Operation Delta Safe and Operation Dakatar da Barawo, discovered and destroyed 167 illegal refineries in Niger Delta in three weeks.

The Director, Defense Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko, said this today while briefing newsmen on the operations of the armed forces between April 28 and May 19, in Abuja.

In Operation Delta Safe, Onyeuko said the troops destroyed 17 illegal refineries with 5 wooden boats, 89 storage tanks, 59 ovens, 12 dugout pits, 6 pumping machines, 5 trucks, 2 outboard engines and 2 weapons.

He said a total of 778,500 liters of crude oil, 840,300 liters of Gas, and 625 liters of Kerosene were also recovered.

He added that 18 criminals were also arrested during the period, adding that all recovered items and apprehended criminals were handed over to the appropriates authorities for further investigation.