The land and air components of “Operation THUNDER STRIKE” have killed scores of bandits in a joint offensive operation to clear identified bandits’ camps in the Yadi and Kufai Shantu areas of Giwa Local Government Area (LGA), Kaduna State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche said the operation was executed on 24 October 2020 on the heels of credible Human Intelligence reports as well as a series of aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the hideouts of a notorious bandits’ leader and his fighters.
He said the first wave of the Air Component’s air strikes, which involved 7 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft undertaking 12 missions in a total of 23 sorties, commenced at dawn and targeted a cluster of huts, housing notorious bandits’ leader, named Buhari Halilu.
Enenche further stated that the attack aircraft destroyed some of the target structures and neutralized several bandits.
He said the second wave of attacks, which targeted the bandits’ hideout at Kufai Shantu, was aimed at incapacitating the bandits at the location to reduce resistance to the ground troops advance towards Yadi.
He said following the air component’s fixing efforts at Kufai Shantu, the land Component, supported by an attack helicopter, successfully assaulted Halilu’s hideout at Yadi, clearing 2 of 3 objectives.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations added that
the ground troops subsequently fought through fierce resistance from bandits hiding under the foliage at the third objective and eventually overpowered the criminals, eliminating several of them.
He said the air component provided effective support to the ground troops during all phases of the operation.
He said the Military High Command commended the land and air components for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations in order to eradicate all bandits.
Enenche said the Armed Forces of Nigeria appreciated the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as “it keeps up the tempo of operations to defeat all enemies of the Nation.”