Military airstrikes neutralise scores of bandits in Zamfara Forest

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Abuja – The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component Hadarin Daji has eliminated scores an air attack camp part Kwiambana Forest Zamfara State July 10.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this a statement Sunday Abuja.

Enenche said the attack followed a discovery that a group structures hidden the dense forest vegetation served as hideouts for suspected Islamic State West Province () elements and fighters the notorious armed bandit kingpin, Dogo Gede.

According to him, the Air Component, therefore, dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force () fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.

“The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target causing damage to some structures in the camp and neutralizing scores of the criminals.

“Several , were seen attempting to flee on foot and on about 15 , were mopped-up in follow on attacks by the helicopters.

“Intelligence sources later revealed that several of the were neutralised and destroyed as a result of the air strikes.”

The statement quoted the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as commending the Air Component of HADARIN DAJI for professionalism.

Abubakar urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate bandits.

“Furthermore, the Armed Forces of Nigeria sincerely appreciates the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as we keep up the tempo of operations to defeat all enemies of great nation.” (NAN)