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Many Killed as Troops Destroy ISWAP Fighters, Bandits’ Forest Hideout

The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has attacked another armed bandits’ camp in the Southwestern part of Kwiambana Forest in Zamfara State, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed.

It was learnt that scores of the criminal bandits were neutralized during the operation.

The Defence Media Operations (DMO), said the air raid was in continuation of the sustained onslaught against armed bandits and other criminal elements in the North-West and North-Central States.

DMO, in a statement on Sunday, disclosed that, “This was achieved through air strikes executed on 10 July 2020 after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports and series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions established that a group of structures hidden under the dense forest vegetation served as hideouts for suspected Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements and fighters under the notorious armed bandit kingpin, Dogo Gede.”

According to the statement issued by the Coordinator of DMO, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the Air Component therefore dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.

“The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target causing damage to some structures in the camp and neutralizing scores of the criminals.

“Several bandits, who were seen attempting to flee on foot and on about 15 motorcycles, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the helicopters.

“HUMINT sources later revealed that several of the bandits were neutralized and their motorcycles destroyed as a result of the air strikes,” said DMO.

It then added that: “The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and urges them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits.

“Furthermore, the Armed Forces of Nigeria sincerely appreciates the continued support and cooperation of all well-meaning Nigerians, as we keep up the tempo of our operations to defeat all enemies of our Great Nation.”

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