A man described as a ‘notorious top terrorist commander’, Abu Mojahid, was killed along with other terrorists during an encounter with troops on the outskirts of Alagarno on Tuesday morning, Defense Headquarters said in a press statement on Wednesday.
Major General Chris Olukolade, the Chief of Defence Information, said the terrorists had staged a daring attack on the troops, who were on patrol of the area. He did not say in what part of the vast expanse of military operations Alargano is located.
“A number of the terrorists died as the troops repelled the attack. Some Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle mounted Anti-Aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter.
Olukolade added that the military operations are continuing in the form of offensive action on identified terrorists in some forest locations. They included aggressive patrols, mopping up, and cordon and search operations in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists.
The General stated that improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by the advancing troops are also being carefully cleared as the troops continue to pursue fleeing ones. He stated that despite the obstacles and land mines being placed by the terrorists, the operations, especially in forest locations, are progressing.