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Military intercepts Bandits attack on Katsina communities, kill many in air strikes.

The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji on Saturday 18 April 2020, inflicted further damages on armed bandits in Katsina State by disrupting their attack on inhabitants of Kurechi and Qurzan Maikuka Villages of Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area of the State.

Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations said this occurred when a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Agusta 109E (M) helicopter, which was providing close air support to troops of the Land Component operating West of Gusau in Zamfara State, was redirected to Kurechi and Qurzan Maikuka following reports of an armed bandits’ attack on civilians at the 2 communities.

“The helicopter arrived the scene and engaged the bandits, neutralizing some of them while few others escaped with injuries.

“Thus, the 2 communities were rescued as a result of the operation.

“In a related development, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is scheduled to hold a meeting tomorrow (Sunday), 19 April 2020, with Air Officers Commanding Operational Commands as well as the Commander of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole and Air Component Commanders of various Theatres of Operations across the Country to work out strategies for enhancing NAF’s support for all Internal Security Operations.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support and encourages the general public to continue providing useful information that would facilitate its operations to restore peace and security to all affected parts of the Country”, Enenche added.

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