At least 10 armed bandits have been killed by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), through its Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) at forests near Birnin Gwari and Janko Hill in Kaduna State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed the development in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the operation was conducted on Saturday.
He said: “The operation was conducted yesterday, Oct. 5, following the directives by the OPHD Headquarters to resume kinetic operations against camps identified as harbouring unrepentant armed bandits.
“The decision was taken in the wake of the attack on troops’ location at Sunke in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State as well as the increased migration of bandits towards the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.
Daramola added that the attack on the bandits was undertaken when a NAF helicopter on an armed reconnaissance mission over the Birnin Gwari general area spotted several bandits at the location and engaged them with its guns and killed some of them.
According to the NAF spokesman, some bandits were similarly tracked to Janko Hill and killed.
Daramola insisted said the objective of the renewed kinetic operations is to ramp up the pressure on the bandits.
He added: “Accordingly, the Air Component OPHD will continue to dominate the general area through armed reconnaissance missions to facilitate a return to normalcy in the North West of the country.
“All persons involved in banditry in the area are therefore strongly advised to renounce violence, surrender to security agencies and hand over their weapons.”
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