We’ve neutralised over 250 bandits at ANSARU terrorists’ camp ― Police

Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police backed by the Special Forces of the Police Airwing, in a daring offensive operation on Wednesday stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State and successfully neutralized over 250 high-profile members of the Terror Group.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, DCP Frank Mba.

According to the statement, “the operation which commenced in the early hours of Wednesday was carried out by a combined team of operatives of Operation Puff Adder made up of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).”

The statement explained that the operation was necessitated by actionable intelligence linking terror and criminal elements in the super camp to series of terror-related violence, kidnappings, gun-running, cattle rustling and other heinous crimes across the country.

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It lamented that during the operation, a Police Bell helicopter, which provided aerial and intelligence cover for the ground troops came under attack from the bandits using sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and GPMG.

It, however, said that despite the heavy attacks, the pilot and the co-pilot who demonstrated uncommon courage and expertise successfully landed the aircraft at the Air Force Base, Kaduna without further incident.

“They were thereafter evacuated for medical treatment, both officers who sustained non-life threatening injuries are currently receiving treatment and are in stable condition

The Police helicopter has since been flown out of the Kaduna Air Force Base by Police Pilots en-route to Abuja”, it stated

The statement quoted the Inspector General of Police, as assuring citizens of safety and sustaining intelligence-led operations against bandits across the length and breadth of the nation.

He equally applauded the unparalleled bravery, commitment, and dedication of the Police operatives currently conducting the special mission.

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