Nigerian troops from Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has destroyed another bandit’s camp and neutralized scores of their fighters in the Southwestern part of Kwiambana Forest in Zamfara State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche said this was achieved through air strikes executed on 10 July 2020 after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports and series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions established that a group of structures hidden under the dense forest vegetation served as hideouts for suspected Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements and fighters under the notorious bandit kingpin, Dogo Gede.
Enenche said the Air Component dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
He added that the attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target causing damage to some structures in the camp and neutralizing scores of the criminals.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said several bandits, who were seen attempting to flee on foot and on about 15 motorcycles, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the helicopters.
He said HUMINT sources later revealed that several of the bandits were neutralized and their motorcycles destroyed as a result of the air strikes.
Enenche said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism and urges 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.
He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria sincerely appreciates the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as we keep up the tempo of our operations to defeat all enemies of the Great Nation.