In Katsina, Zamfara, 135 Bandits Killed in Military Air Bombardments

The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has decimated several camps and neutralized no fewer than 135 armed bandits in massive air raids.

The raids, which were executed at several locations in Katsina and Zamfara States, between Wednesday and Friday, the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said is part of the renewed offensive to rid the North West of armed bandits and other criminal elements.

DMO, in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said, “The air strikes were undertaken sequel to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of the camps, which include Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2 and Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Katsina State; as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp, Alhaji Auta’s Camp and Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State.”

Enenche, further added that, “The air interdiction missions were painstakingly undertaken by the Air Component as it dispatched its attack aircraft to the locations in multiple bombing runs, some of which were executed simultaneously.”

He said at the Abu Radde Camps on 20 May 2020, a set of huts housing one of the notorious bandit leaders was taken out by air strikes with scores of the bandits killed and few seen fleeing with gunshot wounds towards the Dumburum Forest.

“Similar air raids were executed at Hassan Tagwaye’s and Alhaji Auta’s Camps, as well as at Maikomi with equally devastating effects. HUMINT reports later confirmed that no fewer than 135 bandits were neutralized by the series of air strikes at the various locations,” Maj. Gen. Enenche disclosed.

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