Troops kill scores of bandits, destroy weapons during air strikes in Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised scores of bandits during  air strikes at two separate bandits’ camps, at Tsibiri and Manya, in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche disclosed this in a statement on Saturday that the air strikes took place on 6 June 2020, “as part of offensive operations Operation Accord to rid the North-west and North-central states of armed banditry.”

“The air interdiction mission at Tsibiri, which is located 15Km East of Zurmi, was executed on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that the camp, with its clusters of thatched huts nestled close to a group of trees, was being used by the bandits to house their fighters and store their weapons and ammunition,” Enenche said.

” Accordingly, 2 Nigerian Air Force attack helicopters were dispatched to engage the location scoring accurate hits on the target area leading to the destruction of the structures and the weapons and ammunition stored in them as well as the neutralization of bandits in the huts and surrounding bushes.

” The attack helicopters later conducted an air strike on another camp South of Manya, which also resulted in the killing of more armed bandits, including some of their leaders, as they gathered for a meeting at the location.”

He said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism “and directs them to remain resolute  whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations, towards accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country.”

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