The Defence Headquarters has said that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Hadarin Daji has killed 20 bandits in an airstrikes in Kagara forest, Zamfara state.
The Defence headquarters said the operation was executed on Thursday, following human intelligence reports indicating that some bandits had relocated with a large number of livestocks from the Sokoto State side of the forest and set up camp in Zamfara state.
This was confirmed in a statement on Saturday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.
Enoche said the Nigerian Air Force fighter jets bombed the target after confirming the exact location of the camp.
The statement read, “The Air component dispatched NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the location. As the attack aircraft approached the camp, some of the bandits and their leaders were seen fleeing towards the surrounding bushes.
“Consequently, the attack aircraft struck the area of vegetation taking out several of the bandits. Human intelligence sources later confirmed that eight bandit leaders and no fewer than a dozen of their fighters were killed as a result of the strikes.”