Two foreign fighters arrested as airstrikes disrupt bandits’ operation in Niger ― DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday said that two foreign fighters were arrested as Nigerian troops disrupted the activities of a group of armed bandits operating at Kasuwan Ango community in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State through strikes executed by the air component of Operation GAMA AIKI as part of efforts to end insurgents’ activities in the country.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major General John Enenche.

It explained that the operation led to the arrest of two foreigners whose identities remained unknown at the press time.

It explained further that the successful air operations were conducted on the night of June 28 and early hours of June 29 this year following credible intelligence reports that some armed bandits in black attire were seen on the move with a large number of rustled cattle in the area.

The statement revealed that the air component dispatched a helicopter gunship to engage the bandits in multiple waves of attack which led to the neutralisation of some of the bandits, while a few escaped with gunshot wounds.

Terrorist fighter arrested by the Nigerian Troops in Niger State.

While commending the Operation GAMA AIKI Air Component for their dedication and professionalism, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commended all Nigerians for their support and encouraged the general public to continue providing useful information that would facilitate the restoration of peace and security to all affected parts of the country.

 

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