The Armed Forces says following aggressive intensive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves, not less than four hundred and ten 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 is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
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.
According to the statement, in the course of the operation, troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Device making materials at the location including two scales, six rocket launcher bombs, one bag of fertilizer, half a bag of gun powder.
Others recovered are ten locally made hand grenades, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fuse, one locally made Rocket Launcher, two Improvised Explosive Devices, thirteen Improvised rocket bombs, amongst others.
The statement adds that the camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect.
It further adds that 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.