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Joe Biden threatens to sanction Vladimir Putin’s finances and assets if Russia invades Ukraine
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Joe Biden threatens to sanction Vladimir Putin’s finances and assets if Russia invades Ukraine

US President, Joe Biden has threatened to inflict personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine. This comes as Russia continues to amass hundreds of thousands of troops at Ukraine's border and multiple rounds of U.S.-Russia talks over Ukraine that failed to reach a breakthrough. Biden has since warned Russia of economic consequences, but has now upped the tempo by saying Putin could face sanctions. The last time the US used sanctions on Foreign leaders was Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Libya's Muammer Gaddafi have also been sanctioned by the US government. Speaking to reporters, Biden was asked if he would see himself imposing sanctions on Putin directly if Russia invaded Ukraine. 'Yes,' he responded. 'I would see that....
Troops arrest eight suspects over kidnap of Plateau monarch
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Troops arrest eight suspects over kidnap of Plateau monarch

Eight suspects have been arrested by troops of Operation Safe Haven in connection to the kidnap of a Paramount ruler in Gindiri LGA, Charles Mato Dakat.   The Plateau ruler was abducted on Sunday December 26, by gunmen who attacked his palace around 1am. Dakat was however freed in the early hours of Friday December 31.   Military Information Officer of Operation Safe Haven who confirmed that 8 suspects have been arrested, said;   “While the Paramount ruler of Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Chief Charles Mato, has been with his abductors, the commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Ibrahim Ali, placed the troops deployed at Gyanbus on red alert and the hot trail of the perpetrators. “Consequently, Eight suspects were arrest...
There may be increase in security threats in 2022 – COAS tells troops
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There may be increase in security threats in 2022 – COAS tells troops

Army commanders have been directed by Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya, to plan for increased security threats in 2022. Farouk gave the directive at the closing ceremony of the COAS Annual Conference in Abuja on Friday December 10 Noting that there is need to develop capacities for improved performances in 2022, the COAS added that emphasis would be placed on both individual and unit training. He said; “In the course of the conference, we discussed vigorously salient issues affecting the performance of our constitutional roles and the sustenance of professionalism. “We have equally considered the various security issues plaguing our nation. Consequently, our focus for the coming year would be on developing capacities for improved performances across board. “Emph...
Explosion rocks housing estate in Borno
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Explosion rocks housing estate in Borno

An explosion was witnessed at 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Saturday morning, December 4. Residents believe the explosion was triggered by Boko Haram fighters and this has reportedly sparked tension in the area. Daily Trust also reported that a rocket launcher landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital. Residents of the estate were seen discussing the incidents in groups in one of the houses affected by the explosion, in a video shared online. A resident of the area told Daily Trust that no life was lost. A military source further told the publication that troops of 33 artillery, Njimtelo, opened fire when they sighted insurgents on the outskirts of Maiduguri and this led to a gun battl...
Buhari reveals his desire for Nigeria as Gen. Zurkusu, 7 other slain soldiers are laid to rest
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Buhari reveals his desire for Nigeria as Gen. Zurkusu, 7 other slain soldiers are laid to rest

President Muhammadu Buhari says his desire is to build a good, secured and safe place for future generations of Nigerians. Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the assurance in Yola on Friday at the burial of Brig.- Gen. Dzarma Zurkushi and seven other soldiers. Recall that Zirkushu was the Commander, 28 Task Force of “Operation Hadin Kai’’ in Chibok, Borno. He died on Nov. 13 alongside the seven other soldiers while rushing to reinforce troops in a counter-offensive against terrorists. The president expressed sadness over the death of the brave and gallant officers. “The tragic loss of our gallant soldiers is not only to the family of the deceased, but to the country and the armed forces at large “My desire is t...
Borno Deputy Speaker narrates how ISWAP terrorists burnt down his elder brother’s house
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Borno Deputy Speaker narrates how ISWAP terrorists burnt down his elder brother’s house

Deputy Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Musa Askira has narrated how suspected fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Provinces (ISWAP) burnt down his elder brother’s house during a recent attack. Askira said the incident occurred after ISWAP terrorists carried out an attack on Chan Chan Dana Community in Askira Uba local government area of the state on Wednesday November 10. He also revealed that before the terrorists came to his village, troops had gone to their enclave to dislodge them.   The Deputy Speaker told Daily Trust;   “There was an attack by insurgents in my hometown yesterday, they razed down the house of my late elder brother who was the village head before he died almost a year ago. “I’m the one who built it for him; but i...
ISWAP attacks Borno Deputy Speaker’s hometown
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ISWAP attacks Borno Deputy Speaker’s hometown

Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) members struck again in Borno on Wednesday. The insurgents attacked the hometown of Abddullahi Musa Askira, Deputy Speaker of State House of Assembly. They shot sporadically once they invaded Chan Chan Dana community in Askira Uba. An intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the terrorists first disguised themselves as visitors before launching the attack. “After realising that soldiers were not within the vicinity, they started shooting in the air, destroying structures on sight”, the source said. Houses and a block of classrooms were among properties destroyed. The military has deployed troops to the area. This week, ISWAP abducted Mohammed Askira and two brothers. The trio are brothers to the Emir of Askira, Abdullahi Mohamm...
Troops repel ISWAP attack on military base in Borno
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Troops repel ISWAP attack on military base in Borno

An attack on a military base in Tamsukawu, a village in Kaga local government of Borno state was repelled by troops on Monday afternoon November 8. The attack is suspected to have been carried out by terrorists belonging to Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP). The attack was however successfully repelled by the military but it is still unclear if there were any casualties. Monday’s attack is the second in one week, around the same village.
IPOB, ESN behind attacks in south-east – Nigerian Army
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IPOB, ESN behind attacks in south-east – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has alleged that the Eastern Security Network, an outfit of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is behind the recent attacks in the south-east region. Onyema Nwachukwu, Army spokesman, said this on Monday, November 1, while briefing journalists on the ongoing military operation in the south-east. According to him, Chukwunonso Iherue, leader of a gang allegedly behind the attacks on police stations in Imo state, was behind the recent violence in Izombe community of the state. He said Iherue was one of the convicts who escaped when gunmen attacked Imo prison in April. In May and August, police stations in Orsu and Oguta LGAs were attacked by gunmen who also killed officers on duty. Nwachukwu said Iherue and his gang members were seen parading...
Nigerian army neutralizes suspected Biafra National Guard fighter
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Nigerian army neutralizes suspected Biafra National Guard fighter

Nigerian troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn have killed a suspected Biafran National Guard gunman. According to the army, the deceased was among a group of gunmen who allegedly attacked troops' location at Amaekpu in the Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State on Thursday, October 28, 2021. A statement by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said: "The assailants, who were heavily armed and conveyed in several vehicles opened fire on the troops’ location, but were met with stiff resistance by the troops. "In the encounter, the troops neutralized one gunman, while others abandoned their vehicles and retreated in disarray with gunshot wounds. The troops also recovered a pump-action gun, among others. "While the criminals withdrew, having bee...
NSA Babagana Monguno confirms that troops have killed new ISWAP leader, Malam Bako
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NSA Babagana Monguno confirms that troops have killed new ISWAP leader, Malam Bako

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno has confirmed that troops have killed Malam Bako, the new leader of Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) who is said to have succeeded Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the late leader and son of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf. Addressing journalists at the State House correspondents on Thursday October 21, Monguno said Bako was killed on Tuesday October 19 by the military. He hailed the armed forces for recent successful operations. The NSA said; “The fact again is that the armed forces — the land forces — have done an excellent job, because in the span of one month we have been able to take out the leadership of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) – that is Abu Musab Al-Barnawi. “Two days ago, the man who succeeded ...
Comedian Phil Butler, who made history when he preformed for troops in Aghanistan, dies at 51
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Comedian Phil Butler, who made history when he preformed for troops in Aghanistan, dies at 51

Comedian and magician Phil Butler has died at the age of 51. His cause of death has not yet been announced. Phil’s agents Chris Davis Management issued a statement following his sad passing. The statement on Twitter reads: "It is with huge sadness we have to announce the passing of our friend and client Phil Butler. "Our thoughts are with his friends and family. The world is a poorer place without him." Phil made history when he became the very first comedian to perform for troops on the front line in Afghanistan. After his time in Afghanistan, he received the Operational Service Medal for his duties in the conflicted land. Phil was due to appear in the Robin Hood panto at Nottingham's Theatre Royal in December. Following Phil’s untimely death, his fellow come...
Eid El Maulud: Military task force bans procession in Plateau
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Eid El Maulud: Military task force bans procession in Plateau

The Military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in Plateau State, codenamed Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has banned Eid El Maulud procession in the State. The OPSH said troops have been directed to ensure that no group organises any form of procession during the aforementioned period. This was contained in a press statement by the Spokesman of the Military task force, Major Ishaku Takwa and made available to journalists in Jos, the State capital. It reads: “Operation Safe Haven has noted the arrangement by some Muslim Youths on the Plateau to hold a procession to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW (PbuH) on Tuesday, 19 October 2021. According to the statement, “Information received also indicated that the procession is organised without the knowledge ...
The Taliban says U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan
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The Taliban says U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country's new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said in a statement. The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of August. The U.S. statement was less definitive, saying only that the two sides "discussed the United States' provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people." The Taliban said the talks held in Doha, Qatar, "went well," with Washington freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such assistance to formal recognition of the Taliban. The United States made it cl...
University shooter who killed 6 and injured 47 regains consciousness after leg was amputated to find his parents have ‘disowned’ him
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University shooter who killed 6 and injured 47 regains consciousness after leg was amputated to find his parents have ‘disowned’ him

The shooter who opened fire two weeks ago in a Russian university will face justice after his leg was amputated and a bullet removed from his chest, saving his life. Timur Bekmansurov, 18, killed 6 people and injured 47 when he opened fire on the campus of Perm State University in September 2021. Terrified students jumped out of windows to escape the shooter. The suspect was immobilised by a traffic policeman and he was initially believed to be in a critical condition. Timur receiving first aid at the scene of the shooting However, the latest updates say his leg was amputated below the knee, and a bullet was removed from the right side of his chest. He regained consciousness and "asked for his parents", but they have "disowned" him, according to reports. Th...
Troops repel attack on repentant terrorist camp – Army
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Troops repel attack on repentant terrorist camp – Army

An attack by members of the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) on a camp housing repentant members of Boko Haram, has been repelled by troops of Operation Hadin Kai. Spokesperson of the Army, Onyema Nwachukwu said the terrorists made attempt to access the camp in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State but were resisted by superior gun power. Nwachukwu said this "antic of terror within terror" is being employed by ISWAP to discourage their members from surrendering. He added that the latest strategy is not unconnected with the frustration of the group, as top ranking commanders and members have in recent times, denounced violent agaitation to embrace peace. The statement read;   OPERATION HADIN KAI: TROOPS FOIL ISWAP DESPERATE MOVE TO ATTACK SURRENDERED BHT MEMBERS...
Nigerian troops neutralise 85 terrorists
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Nigerian troops neutralise 85 terrorists

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have neutralised no fewer than 85 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North East. Also, the soldiers arrested 2,043 of the terrorists’ informants and logistics suppliers in the region, especially Zamfara State. Briefing newsmen on the sustained operational tempo in land and air offensives against terrorists and other criminal elements in the North East theatre of war, Defence Media Operations spokesman, Brig-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, noted that between September 2 and 30, 2021, the Armed Forces of Nigeria (SFN) sustained the upscale in the rate of operational efforts across various theatres in the country. He noted that the heightened activities yielded significant results in the various theatres. Acc...
Nigerian Army confirms ISWAP attack on military base in Sokoto, says troops eliminated scores of terrorists and bandits
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Nigerian Army confirms ISWAP attack on military base in Sokoto, says troops eliminated scores of terrorists and bandits

The Nigerian Army has confirmed terrorists and bandits attack on a joint military base in Sokoto State. LIB had reported that 15 personnel including an NSCDC personnel identified simply as 'Sule Monkey' died in the attack. In a statement on Monday, September 27, the Director of Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, said troops eliminated scores of terrorists who attacked Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state. According to the statement, the failed attack, which took place around 5:30 am, September 26, 2021, in the remote border settlement with Niger Republic, was swiftly repelled by troops. Unfortunately, there were some level of casualty recorded on the part of own troops during the encounter. ...
We are not pampering repentant terrorists, we are only being humane – Nigerian Army
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We are not pampering repentant terrorists, we are only being humane – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army has said that it is not pampering repentant terrorists who recently surrendered. Theatre commander of the north-east joint task force 'Operation Hadin Kai', Christopher Musa told newsmen that allowing repentant terrorists to surrender to troops without shooting them, is in line with international laws and best practices. Musa stated that providing food, shelter and other amenities for repentant terrorists is an act of humanity and to ensure that they are fit enough to go through the proper procedure. The Theatre commander also said they are sorting them out, and will be treating those who didn't play any part in attacks and those who took part actively seperately. He said; “I don’t know if people misunderstood humane treatment as being pampering, because if he...
Lekki toll gate: Lagos End SARS panel being frustrated – Member, Adegboruwa
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Lekki toll gate: Lagos End SARS panel being frustrated – Member, Adegboruwa

A legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has alerted the public of attempts to frustrate the outcome of the probe of the Nigerian Army invasion of the Lekki toll gate. Adegboruwa is a member of the Lagos Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) raised an alarm on Saturday in a terse statement. He said there are plans to block the panel “from reaching meaningful conclusions” on the shootings, promising to provide details. On October 20, 2020, troops marched to the Lekki tollgate and opened fire to disperse hundreds of protesting Nigerians. The youth-led nationwide demonstration forced the Federal Government to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious police unit. Across the country, SARS has been indicte...
One dies as soldiers nab policeman with 370 bullets in Jos
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One dies as soldiers nab policeman with 370 bullets in Jos

Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), on Thursday, intercepted two suspects with 370 rounds of ammunition. The bullets were concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder with registration number Plateau LGT 772 JN. The driver had attempted to maneuvre the military check point at Werreng along road Barkin Ladi – Jos, the Plateau capital. “The car hit the barricade which resulted in the death of one of the suspects”, Major Ishaku Takwa, Military Information Officer said in a statement. Preliminary investigation revealed that one of them is Sergeant Azi Jonathan, a 30-year old police traffic warden. The deceased is Nengak Daniel, 60 years. His body has been handed over to the Police Divisional Headquarters at Barkin Ladi, while Jonathan is undergoing further interrogation. Other items r...
Troops arrest high profile Boko Haram terrorist in Borno
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Troops arrest high profile Boko Haram terrorist in Borno

The Nigerian troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have arrested a high profile Boko Haram member, Yawi Modu. The troops also raided Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Devices materials hub in Damboa and Gashua Local Government Areas of Borno and Yobe States respectively. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, September 9 in Abuja, said the operational feats were recorded following robust operations conducted by troops of OPHK. "Following a tip off, a wanted BH/ISWAP terrorist, one Yawi Modu, who has been on the wanted list was nabbed along Damboa-Wajiroko road," the statement read. "Relatedly, troops have successfully busted a Urea Fertilzer syndicate known for...
Troops arrest high profile Boko Haram member on wanted list
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Troops arrest high profile Boko Haram member on wanted list

A high profile Boko Haram member, Yawi Modu, has been arrested by troops of Operation Hadin Kai, OPHK. Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Boko Haram member who has been on the security wanted list was arrested during a recent raid on terrorist hideouts in parts of the North East. In a statement on Thursday, Nwachukwu said the troops of Sector 2, OPHK, arrested Modu and his cohorts along Damboa-Wajiroko road. Nwachukwu disclosed that during the operations in Damboa and Gashua Local Government Areas of Borno and Yobe States, the troops also raided Boko Haram’s Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, materials hub.
Wenger responds to Arsenal return question after pointless start from Arteta’s side
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Wenger responds to Arsenal return question after pointless start from Arteta’s side

The Frenchman spent 22 years in charge of the Gunners before walking away in 2018 and has no intention of retracing those steps Arsene Wenger has ruled out any chance of him accepting an SOS call from Arsenal, with the legendary former Gunners boss claiming to be "just a fan" of a club he dedicated 22 years of his life to between 1996 and 2018. Change in the dugout at Emirates Stadium is being mooted on the back of a pointless start to the 2021-22 Premier League campaign from Mikel Arteta's troops. An expensively-assembled squad continues to underperform, with similar issues stretching back to the end of Wenger's tenure, but the hope is that a £145 million ($200m) summer spend will help to deliver a reversal in fortune.      
‘We’ll make you pay’ – Joe Biden vows to ‘hunt down’ ISIS-K for double suicide bomb attack that killed 13 US troops and 90 Afghans
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‘We’ll make you pay’ – Joe Biden vows to ‘hunt down’ ISIS-K for double suicide bomb attack that killed 13 US troops and 90 Afghans

US President Joe Biden promised to hunt down and destroy the ISIS-K terrorists who killed 13 American service personnel and dozens of Afghans in a double suicide attack on Kabul airport. He made the promise on Thursday, August 26, as he joined UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in vowing to continue the evacuation efforts in Afghanistan despite a "continued" risk of further bombings by the terrorist group. The ISIS-K, a terrorist group which is an enemy of the Taliban who are in control of the country, is an off-shoot of the terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS). Last night, August 26, ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the double bombing, which is believed to have killed at least 90 people and injured more than 150 others. Bodies on the floor following the bombings ...
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Bandits allegedly broke into Five Flats at NDA before Fleeing

  The armed gang which carried out an attack at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) barracks in Afaka, Kaduna State, on Tuesday August 25, allegedly broke into five flats. Daily Trust reported that a memo it obtained revealed that the bandits operated successfully because troops did not respond to distress call on time. It read;   “The response time of troops to the crime scene on that day was slow as the bandits successfully broke into five different flats in the same block and swiftly withdrew before the intervention of troops." Two senior officers were shot dead while a major was abducted in the incident. Another officer who sustained injuries is currently being treated in the hospital. General Lucky I...
Soldier Injured as Troops Repel Boko Haram attack on Yobe community
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Soldier Injured as Troops Repel Boko Haram attack on Yobe community

  An attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State on Wednesday August 25, was repelled by troops of the Nigerian Army. A soldier who got injured during the gunfight with the insurgents who stormed Babbangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the north-eastern state, is currently receiving treatment. Channels Television reported that a reliable military source said the troops succeeded in recovering one Toyota van out of the three the attackers came with. A resident Audu Yakubu, said that the attackers came in three Toyota vans and drove straight to the military base. Yakubu said; “Some villagers had earlier alerted us that they saw strange faces around the Babbangida axis. "So on sighting them coming, we all ran into the bush for s...
Plateau: Security forces kill 6 bandits who murdered Police IRT officers
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Plateau: Security forces kill 6 bandits who murdered Police IRT officers

The Nigerian military has confirmed the elimination of 6 bandits that specialized in kidnapping people in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State. The troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and Police units neutralised the syndicate. The forces found weapons belonging to the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) the assailants killed – 3 AK-47 rifles. Major Ishaku Gaji Takwa, Military Information Officer, in a statement said operation involved the Divisional Police Headquarters at Mangu. The late IRT officers earlier made a distress call that bandits attacked them and took away their guns. “The criminals were immediately trailed and neutralised after a gun duel with the troops”, Takwa said. The remains of the IRT members and the eliminated gang members were recovere...
Troops Rescue 15 Kidnapped Commuters in Kaduna
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Troops Rescue 15 Kidnapped Commuters in Kaduna

Troops of Operation Safe Haven have rescued 15 commuters in Jagindi, Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, August 23, said the 15 persons were kidnapped from two vehicles in the area while on transit. "The troops responded to a distress call and mobilized swiftly to the location. They repelled the bandits, enabling the rescue of the abducted persons," Mr Aruwan stated. The rescued victims are: Maisaje Pam, Samuel Peter, Ziyau Abdul, Henry Dabo, Abduljabar Auwal, Muhammad Ali, Dama Dabo and Ramatu Aminu. Others are Muhammad Sani, Abdullahi Muhammad, Bashar Garba, Abubakar Musa, Saad Yakubu, Maryam Ibrahim, and Lami Bitrus. The commissioner said the Acting ...
US Air Force F-15 shoots down Iranian drone over Syria that posed a threat to 900 US troops stationed there
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US Air Force F-15 shoots down Iranian drone over Syria that posed a threat to 900 US troops stationed there

A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone that posed a threat to troops stationed in eastern Syria 'Coalition aircraft successfully engaged and defeated a UAS through air to air engagement in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village,' US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, who heads the US-led coalition against ISIS, told Reuters, using an acronym for an unmanned aircraft system. Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson said an F-15E shot the 'Iranian' drone, which flew 'too close' to the 900 US troops in the area on Satuday, according to a tweet citing US officials. Green Village is an outpost where US troops are housed in former oil industry villas next to a major Syrian oil field, according to the Washington Post. Officials also told Aviation Week that the drone ...
Afghanistan: Joe Biden reveals agreement with Taliban leadership
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Afghanistan: Joe Biden reveals agreement with Taliban leadership

President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has revealed agreement with the Taliban before the withdrawal of US and allies’ troops from Afghanistan. The President also said that they are considering “every opportunity” to get “folks to the airport”. Addressing the press on Friday, the US President repeated that they’ve been in “constant contact with the Taliban leadership” – in Doha and Kabul. Biden said that the Taliban “are letting people through with American passports”. According to him, “We have an agreement that they will let us pass through the checkpoints – that the Taliban control – let Americans through.” Recall that the Taliban in Afghanistan finally took over Kabul after 20 years of armed struggle and will henceforth form the...
Nigerian Army releases images of Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists after surrender
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Nigerian Army releases images of Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists after surrender

The Nigerian Army has provided details of Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) members who surrendered this month. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Public Relations, in a statement on Monday, said scores of terrorists turned themselves in between 2 and 4 August, 2021. The spokesman noted that the development has caused apprehension in the sects’ camps. The army said the withdrawal of top commanders and foot soldiers has depleted the strength and fighting efficiency of jihad groups. Nwachukwu confirmed more fighters surrendered with their families at Mafa Local Government Area on 14 August. A total of 186, comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females and 65 children surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ajiri. Led b...
Boko Haram fighting force has been grossly depleted – DHQ
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Boko Haram fighting force has been grossly depleted – DHQ

  The Defence Headquarters has said fighting force of terrorist group, Boko Haram has been grossly depleted. Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko who made the disclosures during the bi-weekly media parley at the Defence Headquarters, said this is as a result of an offensive launched by troops. He said the intensity of these operations has yielded tremendous results as evidenced in the number of casualties and massive surrender of terrorists in Buni Yari, Gorgore, Baga and Monguno Towns as well as Maiduguri – Baga Road, Maiduguri – Damboa Road and Bula Yobe – Darel Jamel Road. Onyeuko also disclosed that a total of 80 insurgents were arrested while 51 were nuetralised and 30 kidnap victims rescued within th...
Troops repel dawn attack in Borno town
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Troops repel dawn attack in Borno town

Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade have repelled a dawn attack attempted on Damboa town in Borno State. Army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said the attack took place on Sunday August 8 in the town which is 87 kilometers by road from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Nwachukwu said the criminals approached on foot and motorcycles but were forced to retreat after troops opened fire. However, two vehicles belonging to the Civilian Joint Task Force were razed by fire. The army spokesperson also revealed that troops are currently trailing the “fleeing terrorists”. Nwachukwu said the criminals approached on foot and motorcycles but were forced to retreat after troops opened fire. However, two vehicles belonging to the Civilian Joint Task Force were razed by fire. The army spoke...
Kaduna: Five killed as gunmen attack communities in Zangon Kataf
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Kaduna: Five killed as gunmen attack communities in Zangon Kataf

Five people have been killed in series of attacks on communities within Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the killings in a statement on Saturday, August 7, said the State Government has renewed appeals to citizens to end deadly cycles of violence. The Commissioner said a 10-year-old herder was killed by unidentified persons around Madauchi Forest, Zangon Kataf LGA. "The boy identified as the son of one Alhaji Dare Mato was attacked while herding cattle. The corpse of the young herder was recovered and buried," he stated. An attack was also reported in Kurmin Masara along Bakin Kogi in Atyap Chiefdom. One resident, Philip Magu was killed during the attack, before the assaila...
Boko Haram/ISWAP have resorted to cheap propaganda after defeat to Nigerian troops – Army
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Boko Haram/ISWAP have resorted to cheap propaganda after defeat to Nigerian troops – Army

The Nigerian Army has said that members of the Boko Haram sect have resorted to cheap propaganda in order to seek relevance after suffering serious defeat in the hands of the troops. Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Army Public Relations Officer a statement on Friday noted that in recent times, a good number of these terrorists have surrendered to troops in different locations across the theatre, a trend he said is an indication that they are losing the capacity to remain in the fight. He said, “The Terrorists have resorted to video propaganda in order to seek relevance after the Nigerian troops sustained and well coordinated military bombardments from both Land and Air Components of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK). “This sustained operation has exerted so much pressure on the terro...
Court sentences Sudanese Soldiers to Death for Killing Protesters
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Court sentences Sudanese Soldiers to Death for Killing Protesters

  A Sudanese court on Thursday, August 5, sentenced to death six members of the country's paramilitary forces convicted of killing six students at a pro-democracy student protest in central Sudan two years ago. In his opening statement, the judge in the case, Ahmed Hassan al-Rahma, recounted how school and university students had taken to the streets of Obeid, in North Kordofan province, in a peaceful rally on July 29, 2019. However, they were intercepted by members of the Rapid Support Forces who beat them with sticks and whips. When the students responded by hurling stones, the paramilitary troops opened fire, killing six people, the judge said. "The students exercised their right to protest, which is protected by the law and the constitution," said al-Rahma. "Howeve...
19 more Boko Haram Fighters Surrender to Troops in Borno
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19 more Boko Haram Fighters Surrender to Troops in Borno

19 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to Nigerian army in Bama, Borno state. This is coming barely 3 days after 28 insurgents surrendered in the area. Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu said the Boko Haram fighters who surrendered were those who hitherto hibernated around the fringes of Sambisa forest, their stronghold. He attributed it to ongoing offensives carried out by troops in the area. The statement read;   “In continuation of the ongoing intensive clearance operations across the theatre of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), more Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and elements of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their families, who have hitherto hibernated around the fringes of Sambisa forest have yielded to troops’ heavy artillery and air bombardments and ...
Three more students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school found in Kaduna forest
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Three more students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school found in Kaduna forest

Three more abducted students of the Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have been found. The three students who are all males were found by at the Kankumi forest general area in Chikun local government by the military. Channels TV reports that after their kidnap from their school on July 5, they were reportedly kidnapped again by another group of bandits while wandering inside the forest. The second set of bandits were said to have renegotiated and collected ransom from the parents of the three students, after which they dumped them inside the forest before they were found by troops. The military is yet to release an official statement on this development.
Horror! Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Nigerian Soldiers Escorting Borno APC Party Chieftains
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Horror! Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Nigerian Soldiers Escorting Borno APC Party Chieftains

According to a report by SaharaReporters, dozens of Boko Haram and their Islamic State West African Province fighters ambushed a military convoy along Gubio/Damasak highway in the northern part of Borno State on Saturday. An unspecified number of soldiers reportedly sustained injuries in the attack and utility vehicles belonging to the troops taken away after a gun battle. The soldiers reportedly ran into the ambush at Kareto while travelling to Gubio in Borno State to pick up members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their ward congress scheduled to hold in Damasak. The soldiers were supposed to accompany the politicians from Abadam to Damasak, venue of their ward congress. Kareto is the hometown of Bukar Gana Kareto, representative of Kukawa/ Guzamala/Abadam/ Mobbar ...
Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters Surrender to Troops
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Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters Surrender to Troops

Troops of 202 Battalion have taken custody of eight Boko Haram Insurgents and their families, comprising 10 adult females and 22 children, who surrendered to troops at Ruwaza village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state. In a similar development, troops of Forward Operational Base (FOB) operating along Bocobs- Bama road have arrested 20 Boko Haram fighters and their families, who surrendered to troops at Nbewa village, also in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state. The surrendering families of the insurgents comprised 15 adult females and 26 children. The suspects all surrendered to the troops, during clearance operations in the areas on 29 July, 2021 following ongoing intense clearance operations by troops in the general areas. The children among the surrende...
Troops Chase Boko Haram Terrorists Out Of Yobe Town
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Troops Chase Boko Haram Terrorists Out Of Yobe Town

An attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Geidam, a town in Yobe State was repelled by troops on Wednesday evening. The terrorists reportedly retreated after being overpowered by troops who acted on a tip-off. Governor Mai Mala Buni has now commended the security operatives for the bravery during the attack. A statement released by his media aide, Mamman Mohammed read; “It is heart warming that, although the enemy withdrew, the soldiers gallantly pursued them and cleared an ambush mounted on their way. “The government and people of Yobe state appreciate this act of bravery to secure the general area and allow the people of Geidam to continue celebrating the Sallah festivities peacefully.” Buni also called on people of the state to always volunteer useful and timely information t...
Nigerian Army Welcomes 28 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters after they Surrender in Borno
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Nigerian Army Welcomes 28 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters after they Surrender in Borno

The Nigerian Army has said that 28 members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) as well as their families surrendered to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion under 21 Special Brigade in Borno State. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, July 21. He said the terrorists, who were fleeing aerial and artillery bombardments, surrendered to troops and that the terrorists and their families were taken in at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno state by troops of the battalion. “The arrested suspects comprised of 11 adult male terrorists, five adult females and 12 children. The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (special) amm...
50 killed in Philippine military plane crash
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50 killed in Philippine military plane crash

Fifty people have been confirmed dead after a Philippine Air Force plane crashed in the southern Philippines on Sunday. It's one of the country’s worst military air disasters in 30 years. The C-130 military plane was reportedly carrying 96 military personnel and crew from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao to Sulu province when it missed the runway on the island of Jolo and crashed at the nearby Patikul village at 11.30 am local time on Sunday, according to Philippine Armed Forces chief Cirilito Sobejana and media reports. The joint task force at Sulu said in a statement: “Minutes after the crash, troops and civilian volunteers rushed to the site for search and rescue. Per eyewitnesses, several soldiers were seen jumping out of the aircraft before it hit the ground sparing them from th...
Army arrests ISWAP member allegedly running logistics for group in Ogun
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Army arrests ISWAP member allegedly running logistics for group in Ogun

One Ibrahim Musa, said to be a suspected member of the Islamic States in West Africa Province (ISWAP) have been arrested by the Nigerian army in Sango Otta area of Ogun state. Troops of Operation AWATSE arrested Musa after conducting standing patrols and raid operations at strategic areas in the Majidun area of the state between June 18 and June 30. Acting director of defence media operation. Bernard Onyeuko said an intelligence report revealed that Musa was on a mission to Lagos to acquire certain items for ISWAP’s operations in Maiduguri. It was further learnt that troops had also sustained operational activities to forestall activities of vandals on NNPC pipelines at Gaun, Akute, Wawa I and II and Magbaro areas. This led to the arrest of one Oyeshola Saheed who was nabbed f...
Multiple rockets hit US base in Syria less than 24 hours after Biden launched midnight airstrikes in Iraq-Syrian border killing 7 militants
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Multiple rockets hit US base in Syria less than 24 hours after Biden launched midnight airstrikes in Iraq-Syrian border killing 7 militants

Multiple rockets have hit a US military base in eastern Syria on Monday, June 28, less than 24 hours after US President Joe Biden launched airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia sites in the Iraq-Syrian border. Coly. Wayne Morrotto, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said: 'At 7:44 PM local time, U.S. Forces in Syria were attacked by multiple rockets. There are no injuries and damage is being assessed.' The attack took place at a site known as the 'Green Village' near an oil field, where 900 American troops are believed to be stationed. A US defense official speaking to CNN said the rockets were 'likely' fired by Iranian-backed militia in the area, but the origin had not yet been officially determined. Some of the missiles landed near US troops, according to th...
Kaduna: Troops avert attacks in Zangon Kataf
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Kaduna: Troops avert attacks in Zangon Kataf

Kaduna State Government said troops of Defence Headquarters Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) stationed in the Southern Kaduna general area averted an attack by armed bandits that would have led to loss of lives in Gidan Zaki, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area. Mr Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement, explained that the armed bandits invaded farmlands in the village, and destroyed maize crops with cutlasses. The statement added that the bandits went on to vandalize the home of one Mr Joseph Aboi, a resident of the village, stressing that they also damaged a nearby vehicle, before storming a phone charging shop belonging to one Benjamin Joseph and carting away phones and chargers. The statement noted that a swift response ...
ISWAP Commander’s errand boy chews his SIM cards after being nabbed in Borno market
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ISWAP Commander’s errand boy chews his SIM cards after being nabbed in Borno market

Wida Kachalla, an “errand boy” to Modu Sulum, a notorious commander of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has reportedly been nabbed in a Borno market.   Kachalla who is a native of Murguba Settlement, a stronghold of the terrorists in the North East was nabbed after troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Borno State killed Sulum.   PRNigeria reported that troops from FOB Ngamdi, led by acting Commander 154 Taskforce Batallion, Major DY Chiwar arrested the suspect at Benisheikh Market in Borno.   Two mobile phones were recovered from the suspect who was arrested alongside an ISWAP logistic supplier.   In a move to conceal sensitive information, Sulum was said to have chewed up his SIM cards during the arrest.   Intelligence Op...
Six killed as Troops foil Boko Haram attack in Borno town
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Six killed as Troops foil Boko Haram attack in Borno town

An attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday June 20, was foiled by troops of Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) of 152 Battalion, Kumshe in Borno State. Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said the insurgents tried to infiltrate the camp on four gun trucks and several motorcycles through the northern part of the troops’ deployment but were met with fierce fire by the highly alert troops, resulting in the instant killing of six terrorists. Nwachukwu said the troops who remained dogged and sustained heavy gunfire on the terrorists during the encounter, routed and forced the terrorists to flee in total disarray, leading to the capture of six AK 47 Rifles, one handheld grenade, assorted...
Troops rescue more abducted Kebbi students and teacher
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Troops rescue more abducted Kebbi students and teacher

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued three more students of the Federal Government College Birnin Yawuri and one of the teachers who were abducted from their school premises by suspected bandits last week. A statement released today June 20 by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the abductees were rescued at Makuku during search and rescue operations with one of the bandits killed. The statement reads “Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation HADARIN DAJI supported by Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the FGC Birnin Yawuri. One teacher and three students were rescued yesterday at Makuku, in the ongoing search and rescue operations. The troops also killed one bandit and reco...

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