The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji on the 23rd of November, carried out a well-coordinated air onslaught which led to the death of no fewer than 67 armed bandits.
The attack was carried out based on credible human intelligence in the Birnin Kogo Forest in Katsina State as well as the Ajjah Forest in Zamfara State which served as a hideout for the miscreants.
Consequently, the Nigerian Airforce deployed its helicopter gunships and fighter jets to the area as it took turns in engaging the area which led to the death of about 67 bandits who were also armed with high-level weapons such as the Anti-Aircraft rifles.
This was made known in a statement published by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche.
- No fewer than 67 bandits, armed with very high calibre weapons, including Anti-Aircraft (AA) Guns, have been neutralised and several others injured in air interdiction missions executed by the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI at Birnin Kogo Forest in Katsina State. In the same vein, about 15 armed bandits were eliminated in air strikes conducted by the Air Component at Ajjah Forest in Zamfara State. Both air strikes were carried out yesterday, 23 November 2020, sequel to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the 2 forest hideouts, which housed scores of the armed bandits along with hundreds of rustled cattle.
- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships dispatched by the Air Component to attack the 2 locations took turns in engaging the target areas, scoring accurate hits on the caves, which are used by the armed bandits to shield themselves from air strikes.
- The Military High Command commends the troops and other security agencies operating in the North West zone for their professionalism and urges them to remain resolute in order to eradicate all armed bandits. Members of the public within the affected areas are please requested to promptly report any persons with suspicious injuries to the nearest security or law enforcement agency post.
Defence Media Operations
24 November 2020.