The Air Component of Nigerian troops under Operation Hadarin Daji has dealt another blow on armed bandits in Zamfara State with the disruption of a camp in the Kagara Forest, thereby neutralizing some of their fighters.
The mission, which was conducted on 20 July 2020, was pursuant to Human Intelligence reports indicating heavy presence of the armed bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock, in a part of the forest. The reports were later confirmed by a series of aerial surveillance missions.
The Coordinator, Media Defence Operations, Major General John Enenche, who stated this at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja today, said that the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force fighter jets to engage the location, with their munitions hitting the targets and leading to the killing of some of the armed bandits. Some of them who took cover among the livestock in an attempt to escape were seen and swiftly taken out in follow-on attacks.
Meanwhile, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and has urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits and thus accomplish the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff to restore normalcy in the North-West and North-Central Zones of the Country.