Troops of the Special Forces Battalion have killed five militants and recovered some arms and ammunition from their camp in Rivers State.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Saturday that the militants were killed in an operation which was a prelude to ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ in the Niger
Delta. Usman said that 23 suspects were arrested and several others were injured during the operation.

He said that ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ is designed to flush out criminal elements in the Niger Delta region. Usman said that the troops recovered ‘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’ from the militants.

He added that the troops also recovered an engine boat which was abandoned by the militants.

“The 133 Special Forces Battalion of the Nigerian Army have carried out a precursor operation to Exercise CROCODILE SMILE aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities in the Niger Delta geo-political region of Nigeria.

“In the course of the operation, five militants that attacked the troops were killed in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested.

“The operations which was conducted yesterday 26th August 2016, was carried out by the Special Forces at the militants camps.

“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 criminals.”