Airstrike: Several fighters killed as Operation Hadarin Daji bombs bandits’ camp in Zamfara forest
The Defence Headquarters, says its Air interdiction missions conducted by the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI have yielded another positive results with the destruction of a new bandits camp.
The said camp according to report, belonged to the armed gang headed by the bandit leader known as “Dangote” in the Doumborou Forest area of Zamfara State.
In a released signed by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche on Saturday, he said the air strike also resulted in the killing of several armed bandits.
According to Enenche, the operation was executed on 23 July 2020 after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, as well as series of confirmatory aerial surveillance missions established that members of the gang, have relocated from their former position to a new area by a rocky high ground within the forest along with their logistics items which includes, motorcycles and hundreds of rustled livestock.
It reads, “the Air Component therefore dispatched an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
“The attack aircraft engaged the target area scoring accurate hits and taking out some of the bandits. Many others, who were seen trying to flee the location in disarray, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks.”
Commending the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has encouraged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes, while also urging them to continue providing close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits.
This he said, is to accomplish the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country.
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