In continuation of operations aimed at rooting out armed bandits from their safe havens within the various forests in the Northwest of Nigeria, the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has degraded a camp and kills scores of armed bandits in air strikes conducted at a location near Dangote Village in Zamfara State.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Airforce director of public relations and information air commodore ibikunle Daramola, the operation took place at dawn on the 16th of June and was executed based on credible human intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that some armed bandit leaders had assembled for an overnight meeting in a cluster of huts at the location to plan for attacks against nearby communities.
“The Air Component dispatched 2 Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to strike the location taking out the bandits in the surrounding bushes in the first few passes and destroying 2 of the huts housing the key leaders which were seen engulfed in flames, in the fourth pass.
“Some surviving bandits who were firing at the attack platforms were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the helicopter while attempting to flee the location.
“The NAF, working in consonance with other security agencies, will sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the Northwest of the Country,” the statement said.