The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says two of its personnel from troops of 271 detachment have been killed in an ambush set up by armed bandits at Kawan Pole Waya along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road.
The NAF Director of public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Daramola however noted that the troops successfully dismounted the ambush after a gun duel with the bandits.
He said, “the gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari and called for reinforcement. Unfortunately, 2 NAF personnel paid the supreme price in the process.”
Daramola informed that, the personnel which are, Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero and Aircraftman Saidu Bawa, are scheduled to be buried today in accordance with Islamic rites.
He added that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, has commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes and prays that the Almighty grants their souls peaceful repose.
He added that the CAS who was at Birnin Gwari on Saturday, 20 July 2019, on an assessment visit, has urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the Northwest of all criminal elements.