The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday said the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has destroyed some armed bandits’ camps and killed several of them in a forest in Katsina State, South of Birnin Kogo, along Katsina-Zamfara boundary area.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
He explained that the air raid was in continuation of the renewed offensive to rid the North West and the Central States of criminal elements.
Enenche said the airstrikes were executed on Monday as part of missions under the subsidiary Operation Accord following credible intelligence reports that revealed the location.
According to him, Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions indicated that some clusters of huts in the area were being used as mini-camps by members of notorious armed bandits’ gang led by one “Adamu Aleiro”.
”The Air Component dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft and helicopter gunships to engage the area, leading to the destruction of three of the targeted camps.
“Several of the criminals were also neutralized in the process.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of airstrikes.
Enenche urged them to continue to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations to eradicate all armed bandits.
“This is aimed at accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country,” he added.