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How Troops Decimated 82 Bandits in Zamfara, Katsina Forests

No fewer than 67 bandits, armed with very high-calibre weapons, including Anti-Aircraft (AA) Guns, have been neutralized, in Katsina State.

Several other bandits, a statement by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), revealed were also injured in air interdiction missions, executed by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji at Birnin Kogo Forest.

According to the release signed by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), 15 other armed bandits have been eliminated in Zamfara State.

They were killed in air strikes conducted by the Air Component at Ajjah Forest in the State.

Both air strikes in the Katsina and Zamfara forests, Maj. Gen. Enenche, said were carried out on 23 November 2020.

He said the operations were sequel to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, as well as aerial surveillance missions, that led to the identification of the 2 forest hideouts, which housed scores of the armed bandits, along with hundreds of rustled cattle.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships dispatched by the Air Component to attack the 2 locations took turns in engaging the target areas, scoring accurate hits on the caves, which are used by the armed bandits to shield themselves from air strikes,” he added.

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