The Military High Command on Saturday said that the Nigerian Troops have eliminated no fewer than 135 armed bandits in the massive air raids executed at several locations in the troubled Katsina and Zamfara States respectively within 72 hours in a renewed offensive to rid the North West of the Country of armed bandits and other criminal elements.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General John Enenche.
He explained that the airstrikes were successfully carried out by the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI
following the credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which led to the identification of the camps,
According to him, “the Camps include Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2 and Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp; Alhaji Auta’s Camp and Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.
The DMO Coordinator explained further that “the air interdiction missions were painstakingly undertaken by the Air Component as it dispatched its attack aircraft to the locations in multiple bombing runs, some of which were executed simultaneously
“At the Abu Radde Camps on 20 May this year, a set of huts housing one of the notorious bandit leaders was taken out by airstrikes with scores of the bandits killed and few seen fleeing with gunshot wounds towards the Sunburn Forest
” Similar air raids were executed at Hassan Tagwaye’s and Alhaji Auta’s Camps as well as at Maikomi with equally devastating effects. HUMINT reports later confirmed that no fewer than 135 bandits were neutralized by the series of airstrikes at the various locations”.
He quoted the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) as commending the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute, in order to achieve the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)to restore normalcy to all parts of Nigeria.
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