No fewer than 10 bandits ravaging Zamfara State have been killed by airstrike from the Nigerian Air Force on Monday.
This was confirmed in a statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of the force, Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
He explained that the attack was carried out on Sububu Forest area when the Air Task Force responded to a request for close air support by ground troops in the area, who had come into contact with armed bandits.
According to him, locations of target included Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu and Dumburum Forests and environs.
“This was achieved yesterday, 22 April 2019, while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of Sector 7 Area of Responsibility of Operation Sharan Daji, who had come into contact with armed bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area,” it stated.
He said, “Accordingly, the ATF dispatched two Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to provide the needed support and also conduct armed reconnaissance over identified locations in Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu and Dumburum Forests and environs.
“At Sububu Forest, one of the Alpha Jets spotted a group of armed bandits, who fired at the aircraft with their rifles, whilst running for cover.
“The Alpha Jet engaged the bandits, neutralizing no fewer than 10 of them while others escaped with injuries.
“The NAF, working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies, will sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the Northwest of the country.”
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