Troops of the Nigeria Air Force, NAF, killed 12 bandits and rescued 15 kidnap victims during air strikes and coordinated attacks in Birni Gwari, Kaduna State.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, revealed this in a statement, adding that it was achieved by the newly established 271 NAF Detachment in the area.
He said: “The establishment of the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment in Birnin Gwari is yielding steady dividends as air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation DIRAN MIKIYA on 10 May 2019, in liaison with troops of the Detachment, have resulted in the neutralization of 12 armed bandits as well as the release of 15 kidnap victims.
“The air strikes, which were conducted on the heels of intelligence reports indicating that the armed bandits were camped within the Kamuku Forest area, straddling both Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State, caused the bandits to flee the location in disarray thereby enabling the kidnap victims to escape, with some finding their way to Nacibi, and others to Gobirawa and Dogon Muazu in Birnin Gwari LGA.
“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.”
Armed bandits had recently attacked a village in Birni Gwari killing, kidnapping and injuring residents before setting their properties on fire. Two police officers were also killed in the attack.
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