The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) of Abuja has confirmed the killing of a terrorist commander, who was identified as Uzaifa, following a raid executed recently by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) on criminal enclaves in Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns in Borno State.
According to the sources, Uzaifa was the ‘Minzir’, which points to the fourth in line of the terrorist leadership hierarchy. Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO) Musa Danmadami told defence correspondents in Abuja yesterday that feedback revealed that the strike executed by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 25 of the terrorists, and 18 were seriously wounded.
Danmadami disclosed that on August 20, 2022, the air component carried out strikes on terrorists’ enclaves in Sambisa forest and the Tumbuns.
He said the troops acted on credible intelligence, which hinted at a gathering of terrorists at a location that was revealed to be the enclave of a notorious terrorist. The terrorist was believed to be the leader of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), who succeeded Abubakar Shekau.
The DMO director also revealed that similar air strikes were executed in the Tumbuns, near Lake Chad.
“All recovered items and rescued civilians were handed over to the relevant authorities. The surrendered Boko Haram members and their families were profiled for further action,” he said while adding that troops of OPHK arrested eight suspected terrorists and four suspected logistics suppliers, rescued four civilians and recovered N1,005,360 cash.
“As troops of OPHK continue to consolidate on their success against the terrorists, more of the terrorists have surrendered to their troops. Within the period under review, 1,652 BHT members and their families have surrendered to our troops at different locations. The number comprises 320 adult males, 442 women and 890 children.”
According to the DHQ said troops of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) recorded significant success in the ongoing fight against terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the zone in the north-west region.