The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said military in its sustained efforts in the fight against terrorism has intercepted additional 290 family members of Darul Salam sect’s fighters in Nasarawa State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said this at the updates briefing on military operations between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2 across the country on Thursday in Abuja.
Enenche explained that not less than 410 members of the Darul Salam Terrorists group had surrendered to the gallant troops and other security during an operation in the area.
Enenche said that in the course of the operations, troops destroyed a bomb making factory which was operated by the Darul Salam terror group.
He explained that the factory was being used to manufacture Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which they use to carry out attacks and other criminal activities.
Enenche said troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials, six rocket launcher bombs, 10 locally made hand grenades and one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb fuse
Recalled that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in aggressive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves in Uttu community of Toto Local Government Area, neutralized several bandits.
According to him, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE, within the period under review, following aggressive intensive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
“The successful operation resulted in the neutralization of several bandits, not less than 410 members of the Darul Salam Terrorists group, surrendered to the gallant troops and other security agencies deployed.
“This was followed by a robust clearance patrol around the same area which resulted in a raid on a Darul Salam terrorists’ bomb-making factory.
“In the course of the operation, troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Device making materials, six rocket launcher bombs, 10 locally made hand grenades and one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fuse.
“The camp was subsequently destroyed. In the follow-up operations, troops mopped-up additional 290 terrorists’ family members, as well as the destruction of their camps and hideouts between Koton Karfe in Kogi and parts of Nasarawa States,” he said.
Enenche commended the local and the vigilante groups for furnishing the military with vital information which he said had yielded results
He said that the military was determined also described the dislodgment of the Darul salam terrorist group and the capture of over 700 Boko Haram adherents mostly women and children who were being indoctrinated as a pointer to the fact that no terrorist group would be allowed to spring out in any part to threaten its peace and security.
It was gathered that when troops stormed the camps of Darulsalam in Toto, Nasarawa state and Koton Karfe in Kogi state, several of the male terrorists were neutralized in the gunfights that ensued with troops while many escaped with gunshot wounds into the bushes.
“Our aim is to ensure that no terrorist operates in any part of Nigeria. They should not operate either as a hibernating unit of sleeper cell anywhere”,
Enenche said an account of one of the women captured, on how they are forced into the sect, showed that the terrorist kidnapped she, her husband and two children, killed the husband in her presence and later got her impregnated.
Enenche warned against parents allowing their teenagers and children joining religious groups not recognized by government, who preach heresy and other anti-religious teachings.