Following strikes carried out by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft under Operation Hadarin Daji on the enclave of notorious terrorist leader and gun runner, Mallam Ila, located about 9km East of Manawa Village in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, seven terrorists members of his gang have been neutralized
The strikes which were carried out in sustenance of efforts aimed at ridding the North West of Nigeria of terrorrists activities, took place on the evening of 18 November 2022.
After the air strike on the location, multiple explosions were observed with huge fireballs, indicative of other high inflammable materials hidden in the location.
Battle damage assessment confirmed that 7 terrorists were eliminated while Mallam Ila narrowly escaped but sustained critical injuries.
Military authorities said that Mallam Ila remains a high value target due to his closeness and association with terrorist leaders Bello Turji and Dan Bokoyo.
“Ila, Turji and Bokoyo’s foot soldiers have also been responsible for attacks in Shinkafi general area of Zamfara State as well as parts of Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto States”.
When contacted, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information confirmed the strikes and maintained that “strikes on key terrorists and their hideouts continues until all areas are rid of enemies of the State”.
According to him, ‘The NAF and other security agencies remain on track to seeing the ongoing counterterrorism effort to a conclusive end.’
He called on Nigerians to continue supporting the security agencies with information on activities of criminal elements as solving the current security impasse requires the involvement of all.