Air Strikes: Military neutralizes bandits in Katsina, Zamfara States

Martha Obi, Abuja


Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has neutralised close to 200 armed bandits in multiple air strikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.

Acccording to the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, the air strikes were in continuation of the offensive to rid the North West of the Country of armed bandits and other criminal elements.

Enenche said “the air strikes were executed after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions led to the confirmation that the 2 locations were being used as hideouts for some notorious armed bandit leaders whilst also serving as collection points for rustled cattle”. 

He further stated that “Air Component, employing Nigerian Air Force ground attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged the 2 locations in multiple passes, destroying the makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters”.

Enenche noted that Human Intelligence (HUMINT) sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the air strikes at the target locations.

In a related development, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism and directed them to remain resolute towards eradicating all armed bandits thus achieving directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of restoring normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country.

The CAS has also directed that additional assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to adjoining States.