Air Component of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ neutralizes bandits at Kagara forest in Zamfara

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By Augustine Osayande

The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has dealt another blow on bandits in Zamfara State with the disruption of a camp in the Kagara Forest as well as the neutralization of some of their fighters.

Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche said the mission was conducted on 20 July 2020, pursuant to Human Intelligence reports indicating heavy presence of the bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock, in a portion of the forest.

He said this was later confirmed by a series of aerial surveillance missions.

Enenche said the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force fighter jets to engage the location, with their munitions hitting the targets, leading to the killing of some of the bandits.

He said some of them who were seen attempting to escape camouflaged in between the livestock were taken out in follow-on attacks.

Enenche said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had commended the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism and urged 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 bandits.

He said the objective was to accomplish the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff to restore normalcy in the North-West and North-Central Zones of the Country.

 

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