The Nigerian Air Force NAF says its Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA, which is aimed at combating banditry, has killed 20 bandits in Zamfara State.
NAF director of public relations and information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known in a statement to newsmen on Tuesday said the NAF operation also destroyed the camp of a major kingpin, Alhaji Lawal, and killed his fighters near Rugu Forest in the state.
He said the attack was accomplished in the early hours of 26 April, after credible intelligence showed that the kingpin was camped, along with dozens of his fighters at a settlement about four kilometres west of Rugu Forest.
“Consequently, following detailed confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the ATF dispatched one Alpha Jet and an attack helicopter to strike the camp.
“The Alpha Jet strikes recorded direct hits on the camp destroying the bandits’ structures, fuel storage containers, arms, explosives, and other logistics supplies, which were seen engulfed in flames,” he said.
He added that not less than 20 bandits were neutralised in the air strikes after the attack helicopter carried out dispatch attacks on the target.
The spokesman said NAF, working in agreement with security agencies, would sustain its operations to flush out bandits from the North Western part of the country.
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