The Nigerian Army, weekend, said its operatives killed five suspected militants as Operation Crocodile smile, aimed at flushing militants out of the Niger delta region commenced in earnest.
A statement signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said 23 others were also arrested in the first day of operation.
He said: “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 2 AK-47 rifles, 11 Pump Action Guns, a locally made revolver pistol, 292 cartridges of live Ammunition, 199 rounds of AK-47 rifle Ammunition, 4 electricity generating sets and a Camp Gas Cooker.
“The troops also recovered an abandoned Engine Boat left by the fleeing criminals”.