The Defence Headquaters (DHQ) has validated the arrest of eight terrorists in Deidei Abattoir, a town in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Dukpa village in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Major General Musa Danmadami, Director Defence Media Operations (DMO) to journalists at the bi-weekly media briefing, confirming that eight of the terrorists were arrested during a raid on their hideouts by troops of the Guards Brigade.
“On 13 August 2022 troops of Guards Brigade raided some suspected terrorist hideout at Deidei Abattoir in Abuja Municipal Area Council and Dupka village in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.
During the raid operation eight suspected terrorist were arrested, five AK47 rifles and three pump action gun were recovered, while large quantities of items suspected to be cannabis sativa, 3 machetes, knives among other item”.
Danmadami added that two officers and six soldiers were killed in an ambush by the terrorists in Bwari, a month ago, triggering fear among Abuja residents.
There have been speculations about the existence of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) sleeper cells in the FCT.
However, in the Northeast, North West and North Central, the Director said the military has continued the massive deployment of air power against the terrorists and bandits.
“Troops in the North East theatre of operation conducted several operations in Gwashiri, Pulka-Kirawa axis, Amanwa village, Tungushe,, Bama town, Mulgwai village, Kwatara, Gubio, Kekeno, Dogon Chuku, Miringa Market and Monguno town all in Borno State as well as, Buni Yadi – Jauro Bashin in Yobe State.