Again troops of ‘Operation Accord’ kill scores of bandits in Zamfara


By Augustine Osayande PhD

The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI at 2 have killed scores of armed bandits and destroyed their weapons destroyed in air strikes executed in separate bandits’ camps, at Tsibiri and Manya, in Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) in Zamfara State.                     The Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche in a statement said the air strikes are part of offensive operations ‘Operation ACCORD’ to rid the North West and North Central States of armed banditry.

Enenche said 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.

He said the 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.

Enenche added that 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, 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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