By Joy Odor
It has been ascertained that some of the notable armed bandit leaders and its several fighters were neutralized in an air strikes executed by the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI in the Zamfara State section of the Kagara Forest.
This was disclosed in a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday by the Coordinator,
Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General JOHN ENENCHE.
He said, this was achieved on 9 July 2020 pursuant to Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that some armed bandits had relocated with a large number of rustled livestock from the Sokoto State side of the Forest and set up camp in the Zamfara State portion of the Forest.
The statement mentioned that the intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions also later confirmed the exact location of the camp.
Accordingly, “the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the location.
“As the attack aircraft approached the camp, some of the bandits and their leaders were seen fleeing towards the surrounding bushes.
“Consequently, the attack aircraft struck the area of vegetation taking out several of the bandits. HUMINT sources later confirmed that 8 bandit leaders and no fewer than a dozen of their fighters were killed as a result of the strikes” he said.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar however commend the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism.
He urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations to eradicate all armed bandits; thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North-West and North-Central Zones of the Country.