By Augustine Osayande PhD
Troops from Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI have destroyed new camp belonging to the armed gang headed by the bandit leader known as “Dangote” in the Doumborou Forest area of Zamfara State.
Confirming the report Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche said the air strike which was executed on 23 July 2020 also resulted in the killing of several bandits.
He added that Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of confirmatory aerial surveillance missions established that members of the gang, along with their logistics items, motorcycles and hundreds of rustled livestock, had relocated from their erstwhile position to new area by a rocky high ground within the Forest.
Enenche said the Air Component further dispatched an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location. He said the attack aircraft engaged the target area scoring accurate hits and taking out some of the bandits.
Enenche said many others, who were seen trying to flee the location in disarray, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks.
He said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while commending the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism, also 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 and accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country.