NAF Jets Bombard Zamfara Forest, Kill Bandits at ‘Dangote’ Camp
Air interdiction missions being conducted by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have destroyed a new armed bandits’ camp at Doumborou Forest area, in Zamfara State.
According to the Defence Media Operations (DMO), the camp belongs to an armed gang, headed by one bandit leader known as “Dangote”.
The DMO, in a statement issued by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said the air strike, which also resulted in the killing of several armed bandits, was executed on 23 July 2020.
He said the operation was conducted after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, as well as series of confirmatory aerial surveillance missions, established that members of the gang, along with their logistics items, motorcycles and hundreds of rustled livestock, had relocated from their erstwhile position, to new area by a rocky high ground within the Forest.
Enenche, who is the Coordinator of DMO, added that the Air Component, immediately dispatched an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
According to him, the attack aircraft engaged the target area, scoring accurate hits and taking out some of the bandits.
“Many others, who were seen trying to flee the location in disarray, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks,” he added.