Troops of the Nigeria Army’s ‘Operation WHIRL STROKE’ have bust a terrorist cell operating in Nasarawa State.
Describing the feat as a ‘major success’, a statement from the Defence Headquarters signed by Major General John Enenche the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, disclosed that the troops were also able to recover explosives, arms and ammunition from the terrorists.
According to the statement, “not less than 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. This development took place on 25 August 2020.
“Relatedly, 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.
“The camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect.”
The statement commended the troops for their “professionalism and dexterity” that has led to the success of their operations while encouraging 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.