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Troops countering terrorist activities in Nigeria’s northeast have cleared and taken over Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.
Military spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, in statement on Monday, said that terrorists suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect and armed gangs operating in the forests were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation.
Among those captured were two foreigners who are suspected to be mercenaries. The military also took possession of several weapons and equipment including power generating sets, communication equipment, vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff and kitchen utensils.
Prior to the operation, Balmo forest with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.
In another development, over 44 terrorists died in Kerenoa and adjoining communities, following an encounter with troops who repelled their attack on the communities.
Armed with Improvised Explosive Devices and other high calibre weapons, a large number of terrorists had carried out a predawn attack on the communities but met with stiff resistance of the troops.
During the operation, several of them were captured and weapons and ammunition of various calibre were seized.
Meanwhile, troops on routine patrol around Banki and Miyanti in Borno State during the weekend fought through an ambush laid by terrorists resulting in casualties on both sides.
Altogether, a total of 6 soldiers were lost in the various encounters with terrorists during the weekend while those wounded are receiving treatment.
The terrorist group has carried out series of attacks on villages, churches, mosques and schools in the region. they are seeking an Islamic state and an end to western education.
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