By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters, said troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have killed three members of armed militia at Anku Mbagen in Atera-Jange Torov Council ward of Ukum local government areas of Benue state in the late hours of Wednesday.
Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations in a statement on Thursday, said the feat was achieved following a timely and credible information received on the activities of Tiv armed militia operating around the border areas of Benue and Taraba states respectively.
He said following the reports, special Forces troops responded swiftly, on sighting them the armed militia opened a barrage of fire on troops and three gang members were killed, while others abandoned their position and weapons and fled into the bush with gunshot wounds.
62mm NATO ammunition, One car battery, Fifteen rounds of locally made ammunition, Two bags of gun powder, Nine pairs of Camouflage uniforms, One generator, Three motorcycles, One cellular hand set, charms and assorted hard drugs”.
Enenche who said there was no casualty on troops said that cache of weapons were seized from the Armed militia which included:
“One 81mm Mortar gun, Five 60mm Commando Mortar gun, Seven locally fabricated Mortar tubes guns,Three SMG rifles, Three Double Barrel rifles,Two locally made rifles, One G3 rifle, One locally made pistol, Five AK 47 magazines, 166 rounds of 7.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to restate its commitment to restoring peace in all parts of the country. It also continue to request the general public for credible information which will assist the military to rid the country of criminal elements”.
In another development, Enenche said the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has destroyed facilities housing Boko Haram leaders in Bulawa, at the fringes of the Sambisa forest.
According to him, the fighter jets dispatched for the operation, scored accurate hits and destroyed the indicated structures adding that many of the terrorists were also killed by the airstrike.