Troops have successfully taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.
A statement by the Director, Defence Information, Maj.Gen. Chris Olukolade, in Abuja on Monday, said terrorists and armed gangs, operating in the forests, were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation.
Prior to the operation, Balmo forest, stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa states with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest, was used by the terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.
It however did not specify the number of those arrested during the operation, but said two foreigners, suspected to be mercenaries, were among those captured.
Also recovered were several weapons and equipment including power generating sets, communication equipment, vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff and kitchen utensils.