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Troops hit terrorists’ hospital in Sambisa forest

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja, Augustine Okezie, Katsina and AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

  • Nine suspects killed in Katsina

  • Six hostages rescued in Kaduna

Hospital and other healthcare facilities in the Sambisa forest, where wounded and ailing terrorists and their family members are treated, have been bombarded by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets.

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The hospital located in the ‘Somalia’ area of forest was razed by the air component of the Operation Hadin Kai, following credible intelligence.

A military source said, “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft…struck a target at Somalia in Sambisa Forest suspected to be a terrorists’ hospital and health care facility on 9 September 2022. Somalia, a location near Sambisa Forest, was believed to be where the terrorists have a medical facility where wounded fighters as well as those critically ill were treated.

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“After the airstrikes, several structures were observed destroyed and numerous terrorists neutralised. Air interdiction missions were also carried out at Abdallari, a terrorist enclave located Northeast of Maiduguri on 10 September 2022. Several terrorists were neutralised, and structures destroyed after the strike, hence degrading their capacity to attack troops.”

In Shiroro area of Niger State, troops also struck terrorist targets, it was said.

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In Katsina State, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), on Sunday, repelled an attack on Batsari, headquarters of Batsari council of Katsina State.

The CJTF killed nine suspects, arrested five and recovered nine motorcycles used by the assailants, community sources said.

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Police spokesman Gambo Isah said the DPO for the Batsari area was yet to brief the command on the incident.

Less than 48 hours after neutralising suspected masterminds of the security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and kidnap of students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, troops have rescued six hostages during clearance patrols conducted around the Kangon Kadi area in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

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The State’s Commissioner for Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement yesterday that troops under Operation Forest Sanity, embarked on a clearance operation from Damba to Kangon Kadi, and fired on identified bandit locations around the Kangon Kadi forest, Labi and the Udawa River.

He said the hostages were rescued as the bandits fled.

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