An operation in Kashia Forest in Kaduna State by troops of the newly-launched Operation Accord on Friday has left no fewer than 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers dead, the Defence Headquarters said.
This was revealed in a statement on Saturday in Abuja by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, who informed that the success was recorded in a combined ground and air offensive conducted by troops of Operation Thunder Strike.
Maj.-Gen. Enenche said that the troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun Local Government Area into the forest following an operation which was sequel to credible information on the bandits’ movements within the area in question.
He said; “Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.
“After the air interdiction, 70 bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries while exploitation operation is still being carried out by the troops in the forest.
“As a matter of security concern, people in this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces.
“This is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up,” Maj.-Gen. Enenche added.
He further disclosed that troops of Operation Yaki in blocking positions for Operation Accord at outskirts of Kankomi village arrested two bandits’ logistics suppliers.
He said that Items such as recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries were recovered.
“The Military High Command congratulates Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Yaki and Air Component of Operation Accord for their dexterity.
“The general public is requested to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in eliminating bandits and other criminal elements in the country,” Enenche said.