JUST IN: New terrorist sect, Darus Salami emerges in Nasarawa

A terrorist organisation, Darus Salam has re-emerged in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Standard News reports that the Nigerian Army had dislodged the terrorist sect and bombed their hideout around Mokwa, Niger State in 2009. This led to the insurgents relocating to Nasarawa after 3, 500 members of the sect were killed during the operation.

Meanwhile, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke discovered the sect on Wednesday, August 26 during a clearance patrol following an intelligence report as part of efforts to liberate the North Central part of the country.

During the operation, a bomb-making factory was discovered during the operation, while some members of the group, including their women and children, surrendered.

According to reports, the group was amassing weapons ahead of imminent attacks, a clear departure from how they met in Niger State in 2009.

A statement from the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said in continuation of aggressive clearance operations aimed at riding the North-Central zone of armed banditry and other forms of criminality, the troops who busted the terrorist’s cell, recovered explosives, arms and ammunition.

“Following aggressive intensive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves, not less than 410 members of the Darul Salam terrorist group, including women and children, surrendered to the troops of Operation Whirl stroke and other security agencies deployed at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State,” Enenche said.

He said in the course of the operation, troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making materials at the location including two scales, six rocket launcher bombs, one bag of fertilizer, half  bag of gun powder, ten locally made hand grenades, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb fuse, one locally made Rocket Launcher, 13 Improvised rocket bombs, amongst others.

He said the camp was subsequently destroyed while troops were combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect.

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