Air Strikes in Kaduna Forest, Border Areas Kill Bandits

The Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike has hit some bandit’s camps and neutralized scores at their hideouts in the forest and border areas of Kaduna State.

A statement issued by the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said this was part of a subsidiary air interdiction operation, tagged “Kashe Mugu 2”.

Coordinator of DMO, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who signed the statement, explained that the air strikes were executed at Camp Alpha in Kwiambana Forest, as well as at Fadaman Kanauta and Jan-Birni on 6 and 7 October 2020.

According to him, this was after credible human intelligence reports and series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, established that the locations were being used by the bandits as staging areas, to store their logistics, hide rustled cattle and launch attacks.

He said the air strike at Kwiambana Forest was undertaken after an ISR aircraft spotted 4 clusters of huts where the armed bandits reside.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and attack helicopters dispatched by the Air Component recorded successful hits in the target area taking out some of the bandits.

“In the same vein, at Fadaman Kanauta and Jan-Birni, the NAF attack aircraft took turns in strafing the target areas leading to the neutralization of several of the bandits as well as damage to their dwellings,” Gen. Enenche added.


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