▪︎ 410 members of Darul Salam terrorists group surrender
By Augustine Osayande
Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE in a major success against the criminal elements in North-Central zone have dismantled terrorists’ cells and recovered explosives, arms and ammunition at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State in Nasarawa State.
Confirming the report on Thursday, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche said the development followed an aggressive intensive kinetic operation at identified bandits’ enclaves.
He added that not less than 410 members of the Darul Salam Terrorists group, including women and children, surrendered to the troops of operation WHIRL STROKE and other security agencies deployed at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Enenche said the same 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.
He said 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 added that the camp was destroyed while troops were equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect.
He said the Military High Command commended the gallant troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE for their professionalism and dexterity in achieving this notable feat and urged them to sustain the tempo in the push to decisively curtail the activities of bandits and other criminals operating in the North-Central zone.