By Augustine Osayande PhD
The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has killed some notable bandit leaders and several of their fighters in the Zamfara State section of the Kagara Forest
In a statement on Friday, Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche said the operation was achieved on 9 July 2020 pursuant to Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that some bandits had relocated with a large number of rustled livestock from the Sokoto State side of the Forest and set up camp in the Zamfara State portion of the Forest.
Enenche added that Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions also later confirmed the exact location of the camp.
He said the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the location.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said as the attack aircraft approached the camp, some of the bandits and their leaders were seen fleeing towards the surrounding bushes.
He said the attack aircraft struck the area of vegetation taking out several of the bandits.
Enenche revealed that HUMINT sources later confirmed that 8 bandit leaders and no fewer than a dozen of their fighters were killed as a result of the strikes
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 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 armed bandits; thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North-West and North-Central Zones of the Country.