From Molly Kilete, Abuja

The Nigerian Army said its troops on internal security operations have killed a notorious terrorists’ leader,  Maikusa, who is also the second-in-command in the hierarchy of the terrorists’ cell in Katsina State, led by the infamous terrorist known as Modi Modi.

Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, who made the disclosure, said the terrorist was killed alongside three others  in a shootout during a counter insurgency operation in Kurfi and Safana Local Government Areas of Katsina State, on Monday.

Nwachukwu, in a statement, said: “The ferocious operation also resulted in the successful clearance of terrorists’ enclaves in these areas.

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During the operation, troops encountered vehement resistance from the violent extremists, but gallantly overpowered the terrorists with superior firepower, neutralising some, while others fled in disarray. After the firefight, the troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, three magazines, 65 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, a locally fabricated gun and camouflage uniform.

In continuation of the clearance operations, troops also destroyed terrorists’ camps in  Wurma, Shaiskawa, Yauni, and Dogon Marke villages in Kufri LGA, as well as Ummadau and Zakka villages in Safana LGA.

The troops have continued to maintain an aggressive posture in the general area to clear remnants of the terrorists cell to ensure safety and security in the region.