The Army have killed five suspected militants as Operation Crocodile Smile got underway in the Niger Delta at the weekend.
Twenty three other suspects were arrested, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said.
Col. Usman said yesterday that in the course of the operation, some militants attacked the troops who then responded and succeeded in killing five of them. “Numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested,” he said.
The operation was carried out by the Special Forces at the militants’ camps.
The army spokesperson said items recovered from the camps include two AK-47 rifles, 11 Pump Action Guns, a locally made revolver pistol, 292 cartridges of live Ammunition, 199 rounds of AK-47 rifle Ammunition, four electricity generating sets and a Camp Gas Cooker.
The troops also recovered an abandoned Engine Boat left by the fleeing militants.
Usman had said on Friday that ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ was not all about guns and boats.
He said that apart from the training aspect of it, the Army’s Medical Corps was involved in medical in Sapele, Delta State.
He said:”It will be recalled that we have shown you the massing up of the troops yesterday (Thursday).Today (Friday), the buildup of logistics has commenced.
“The human side of the ongoing exercise includes free medical outreach for Sapele communities in Delta.