Airstrikes Eliminate over 80 Bandits, Injure Others In Katsina, Zamfara States
The Air component of operation Hadarin Daji has eliminated no fewer than eighty-two armed bandits, with several others injured at Birnin Kogo forest in Katsina and Ajah forest in Zamfara state.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement explains that both airstrikes were carried out sequel to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the two forest hideouts, which housed scores of the armed bandits along with hundreds of rustled cattle.
It notes that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships dispatched by the Air Component to attack the two locations took turns in engaging the target areas, scoring accurate hits on the caves, which are used by the armed bandits to shield themselves from airstrikes.
The statement adds that the bandits were armed with high calibre weapons including Anti-aircraft guns.
The Military High Command commends the troops and other security agencies operating in the North-West zone for their professionalism and urges them to remain resolute in order to eradicate all armed bandits.
It further urges Members of the public within the affected areas to promptly report any persons with suspicious injuries to the nearest security or law enforcement agency post.