The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says no fewer than 135 armed bandits have been killed in air raids executed at several locations in Katsina and Zamfara States between 20 and 22 May 2020.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
The coordinator said the operation was executed by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji and several camps belonging to the bandits were decimated.
Enenche disclosed that the Air Component dispatched its attack aircraft to the locations in multiple bombing runs, some of which were executed simultaneously.
He explained that the air strikes were undertaken sequel to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of the camps.
According to him, the camps identified included Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2 and Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Katsina State as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp; Alhaji Auta’s Camp and Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State.
“At the Abu Radde Camps on 20 May 2020, a set of huts housing one of the notorious bandit leaders was taken out by air strikes with scores of the bandits killed and few seen fleeing with gunshot wounds towards the Dumburum Forest.
“Similar air raids were executed at Hassan Tagwaye’s and Alhaji Auta’s Camps as well as at Maikomi with equally devastating effects. HUMINT reports later confirmed that no fewer than 135 bandits were neutralized by the series of air strikes at the various locations,” Enenche said.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and directed them to remain resolute, in order to achieve the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)to restore normalcy to all parts of Nigeria.