By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigerian Military said 410 members of the Darul Salam Terrorists group, including women and children, surendered to the troops of operation Whirl Stroke and other security agencies deployed at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The Military in a statement issued yesterday by Major General, John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, said the success of the Tuesday’s operation , was owing to aggressive clearance operations aimed at decisively riding the North-Central zone of armed banditry and other forms of criminality.
Relatedly, the statement added that “troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE while on a robust clearance patrol around Uttu, on 26 August 2020 stormed a Darul Salam terrorists bomb-making factory following actionable technical and human intelligence on the activities of the terrorists in the general area. In the course of the operation, troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Device making materials at the location including 2 scales, 6 rocket launcher bombs, one bag of fertilizer, half a bag of gun powder, 10 locally made hand grenades, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fuse, one locally made Rocket Launcher, 2 Improvised Explosive Devices,13 Improvised rocket bombs, amongst others.”
Enenche further revealed that the camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect.
“The Military High Command commends the gallant troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE for their professionalism and dexterity in achieving this notable feat and also urges them to sustain the tempo in the push to decisively curtail the activities of armed bandits and other criminals operating in the North-Central zone.”