From Molly Kilete, Abuja

The Defence Media Operations (DMO) has said that soldiers working with the security agencies have destroyed some suspected terrorists hideouts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some parts of Kaduna and Niger states.

It listed the names of some of the areas destroyed to include Kawu, Gaba, Deidei, Kubwa Hills, and Ushafa in the FCT, Garam, Jibi, and back of Zuma Rock in Niger State, as well as Gidan Dogo and Kuyeri/Kuyeri Hills in Kaduna State.

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The destruction followed the increased attacks and activities by kidnappers in some parts of the nations capital, where several persons have been kidnapped and others killed recently.

This is just as the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has assured residents of the FCT, of their safety and urged them to go about their legitimate duties. Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, who made this known, said soldiers have also intensified night patrols in Mpape, Kubwa, Lugbe, Pyakasa, Keti, Gbaupe, Gbaukuchi, and Airport Road among other areas in the FCT. Buba, in a statement on military operations in the last one week, said that soldiers killed 43 terrorists, arrested 76 others, arrested 29 oil thieves and rescued 27 kidnapped persons.

Speaking on the activities of kidnapping ravaging the peace of the FCT, Gen Buba, said: “The armed forces are not unaware of the terrible impact of kidnappings on the families of those affected. Indeed, our hearts and thoughts go to their families and loved ones. We also recognise the fear that these kidnappings create among the citizenry, following recent events in the FCT. “While troops probably don’t have all the answers as at now, citizens should be assured that the armed forces are working relentlessly to address the hurtful situation. Additionally, troop are synergising with other security services and stakeholders to investigate and gather more intelligence on these kidnapping gangs, particularly around the FCT.”