The Nigerian Military says its Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, has destroyed an armed bandits’ logistics store and killed no fewer than 30 bandits in air strikes. The operation was conducted on May 26, 2020, in the Doumborou Forest area of Zamfara State, North West Nigeria.
Major General, John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations (DMO), disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
The Coordinator said the operation was executed based on credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that a thatched structure within the Forest was being used by the bandits to store their logistics items.
“Fortuitously, an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft on patrol spotted some of the armed bandits on motorcycles who were tracked to the storehouse where they lodged some items,” Enenche said.
“The Air Component therefore dispatched an attack helicopter to engage the location, scoring accurate hits resulting in the destruction of the store, which was seen engulfed in flames.
“The attack helicopter subsequently trailed the armed bandits who fled the location and mopped them up in follow-on attacks, neutralizing no fewer than 30 of them as later confirmed by HUMINT sources,” he added.
Watch short video clip of the air strikes:
According to him, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for “their professionalism and directed 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; thus achieving the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of restoring normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country”.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria also appreciated the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as we keep up the tempo of our operations to defeat all enemies of our Great Nation,” the statement read.