The Defence headquarters said on Wednesday that fighter aircraft of the Nigerian Airforce, prosecuting the fight against banditry, has killed scores of the bandits and destroyed one of their camps located inside the Kagara Forest, in Zamfara state.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche made this known in a statement in Abuja.
Enenche said, ‘The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has dealt another blow on armed bandits in Zamfara State with the disruption of a camp in the Kagara Forest as well as the neutralization of some of their fighters.
“The mission was conducted on 20 July 2020 pursuant to Human Intelligence reports indicating heavy presence of the armed bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock, in a portion of the forest.
“This was later confirmed by series of aerial surveillance missions.
“Accordingly, the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force fighter jets to engage the location, with their munitions hitting the targets leading to the killing of some of the armed bandits.
“Some of them who were seen attempting to escape camouflaged in between the livestock were taken out in follow-on attacks.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended 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 in order to eradicate all armed bandits; thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff to restore normalcy in the North-West and North-Central Zones of the Country.”
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