The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Wednesday that scores of armed bandits terrorizing Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger states have been wiped out in a joint Operation with the Nigerian Police Force.
Though no figure of the annihilated was given, it was gathered that the air strikes at camps of the armed bandits coupled with ground raids by Special Police Forces killed more than 50 of the bandits.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of NAF Public Relations while confirming the assault said, “The Nigerian Airforce in a special operation conducted in coordination with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, has smoked out armed bandits from their camps at Walawa, Yadi and Kuduru Hills areas of Kaduna State, neutralizing several of them and destroying some of their logistics supplies in the process.
.This was achieved in a joint air and ground operation executed on Wednesday, 17 March 2020, after credible intelligence reports and days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions revealed that the bandits, after driving away the original inhabitants of the area, had continued to operate from the locations with impunity.
“Accordingly, the NAF detailed its attack aircraft to conduct series of air raids at the bandits’ camps resulting in the destruction of some of the logistics facilities and structures housing the armed bandits as well as the neutralization of several of them.
“The air strikes also paved way for ground forces to conduct mop-up operations, supported by NAF combat helicopters.
“In all, no fewer than 5 commanders of Ansaru and a dozen armed bandits were neutralized in the operation.
‘The NAF, working in consonance with other security agencies, will sustain its operations to flush the armed bandits out of the Northwest Zone of the Country.
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