BREAKING; Over 200 gunmen killed in Police, Military joint Security Forces’ onslaught
The Niger State government has said that no fewer than 200 terrorists were killed in four days of the massive onslaught it initiated on their camps.
The government said the terrorists that had been operating in eight Local Government Areas in the state were flushed out by security operatives in the state between Sunday and Wednesday.
It was gathered that the joint security forces that attacked the terrorists also lost two of their men, while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The State Commissioner of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Emmanuel Umar, disclosed this earlier today in an address to newsmen.
He said the killed terrorists belong to the terror groups hibernating in Shiroro, Lavun, Mariga, Wushishi, Kontagora, Paikoro, Munya and Rafi Local Government Area in the state.
The Commissioner said: “Between Sunday and today (Wednesday), the joint security forces were able to neutralise over 200 terrorists representing about four groups namely, Kachalla Halilu, Ali Kawaje, Yello Jambros and Bello Turji, including some of their Commanders”.
He further commended the courage and collaborative efforts of Traditional Rulers in the State and the communities for their resilience, saying they stood their grounds to protect and defend their land against the terrorists.
“Our gallant joint security forces proved their worth by the recent feat. Many motorcycles and rustled cattle were also recovered during the invasion and we recorded very minimal casualty on the side of security forces, we lost only two security men”, adding that the government took the battle to the criminal’s den,” he said.
While expressing sympathy to the families of the security personnel and communities who lost their loved ones, the commissioner also called on transporters to be conscious of some fleeing terrorists along the highways seeking to be transported to certain locations and report to security agencies.
He said: “Niger state government is more than prepared to make the state very uncomfortable for armed bandits, the commissioner further explained and therefore called on the general public to reports any stranger lurking within their domain to security agencies for prompt action.”