The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it’s Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has destroyed an armed bandits’ logistics base at Ajia in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
He revealed that over twenty-five armed bandits were also killed during the operation at Ajia and Wonaka in Birnin Magaji.
Daramola further explained that the operation was executed on 4 April 2019 sequel to Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that the armed bandits were using a compound within Ajia as a logistics store to support their operations.
He stated: “Consequently, the ATF dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, to attack the compound scoring accurate strikes on the target and causing it to erupt into flames, which engulfed the structures and resulted in the neutralization of some of the bandits.
“Few survivors, seen fleeing the vicinity of the target area, were taken out in follow-on attacks while others, who managed to escape the area, were tracked to Wonaka and equally neutralized.
“Independent HUMINT sources subsequently confirmed that more than 25 armed bandits were neutralized in the attacks on the 2 locations.
“The NAF, working in close coordination with sister Services and other security agencies, will sustain its operations to neutralize the armed bandits and deny them freedom of action in the Northwest.”