Multiple airstrikes carried out by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji has resulted in the killing of no fewer than 200 armed bandits in Katsina and Zamfara state.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He noted that the bandits were killed in multiple airstrikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi in Zamfara on May 22 and May 23.
Enenche added that the operations were in continuation of the efforts targeted at ridding the country of bandits and other criminal elements.
According to him, the operation follows a confirmation that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some bandit leaders while also serving as collection points for rustled cattle.
Acting based on intelligence reports, the air Nigerian Air Force ground-attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged the two locations in multiple passes, destroying makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters.
“Human Intelligence sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the airstrikes at the target locations.
“The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute toward eradicating all armed bandits.
“The CAS has also directed that additional assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to adjoining states.”