39 militants killed in NW Nigeria in one week

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Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga on August 2, 2019. - Intense fighting between a regional force and the Islamic State group in West Africa (ISWAP) has resulted in dozens of deaths, including at least 25 soldiers and more than 40 jihadists, in northeastern Nigeria. ISWAP broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 in part due to its rejection of indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Last year the group witnessed a reported takeover by more hardline fighters who sidelined its leader and executed his deputy. The IS-affiliate has since July 2018 ratcheted up a campaign of attacks against military targets. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga. (Photo credit AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 39 armed men have been killed and others wounded in two different operations by the Nigerian army in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria this week, an army spokesperson said on Saturday.

The operations were carried out in Bakura and Anka axis of the state, Oni Orisan, an spokesman for “Operation Hadarin Daji” said in a statement.

He said 19 of the “bandits” were killed in an encounter with the army in the bushes of Anka while the 20 were killed in Bakura.

Orisan reiterated that the soldiers would not attack any repentant militants, and those unrepentant ones who carry guns and move around in large numbers would be treated as hostile.

He urged the unrepentant armed men to surrender their arms to constituted authorities and embrace the peace initiative of the state government.

A series of “bandit” attacks have been recorded in the northwest part of the west African country since the beginning of this year, leading to more troops and equipment deployed to the area.

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