The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Enenche said that the operation was in continuation of aggressive clearance operations aimed at riding the North-Central zone of armed banditry and other forms of criminality.
He said the terrorists who surrendered following an aggressive operations by troops and other security agencies at identified criminals’ enclaves included women and children.
Enenche also disclosed that the troops, while on a robust clearance patrol around Uttu also stormed the terrorists bomb-making factory following intelligence on the activities of the terrorists in the area.
According to him, 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 and half a bag of gun powder.
“Other materials recovered are 10 locally made hand grenades, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fuse, one locally made Rocket Launcher, two Improvised Explosive Devices and 13 Improvised rocket bombs, amongst others.
“The camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect,” he said. (NAN)