The Air Component of “Operation HADARIN DAJI” has neutralized scores of bandits in separate operations conducted in Katsina and Zamfara States from 21 to 23 December 2020.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche said the operations in Katsina State included an air strike executed on 22 December, 2020 after intelligence reports indicated that a group of bandits, armed with high calibre weapons, had rustled some cattle and attacked commuters along the Batsari-Jibia Road.
He said the bandits, who were reportedly retreating with the stolen livestock towards Garin Labo, were tracked and located by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopter, as they were heading towards Runka Forest.
Enenche added that the helicopter unleashed heavy barrage of rocket fire on the bandits, killing no fewer than 21 of them, as later confirmed by Human Intelligence (HUMINT) sources.
In a similar development, on the same day, an attack helicopter on night armed reconnaissance mission over Tsambre Hill and Dunya Forest in Katsina State spotted another group of bandits in the Forest.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said the bandits were engaged by the helicopter leading to the neutralization of 17 of them while some escaped with gunshot wounds.
Enenche further stated that the operations in Zamfara State were conducted on 21 and 23 December, 2020 sequel to credible HUMINT reports that led to the identification of the hideouts of bandits terrorizing communities in Konama District of Maru Local Government Area (LGA) in Zamfara State.
He said the Air Component dispatched its attack helicopters to engage the bandits’ hideouts at Yan Uku, neutralizing several of them.