3 Bandits Killed as Air Onslaught Eliminate Terrorists

Troops of the Nigerian military deployed for Operation Whirl Stroke, yesterday, killed three armed bandits in Benue State.

This was after the troops raided some identified bandits hideouts at Tomatar Ugba and Kundi villages in Mbacher council ward of Katsina-Ala LGA of the State.

A statement issued by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), John Enenche, noted that the operation by troops followed actionable technical and human intelligence reports.

According to Enenche, a Major General, troops then stormed the camps, engaged and overwhelmed the criminals with aggressive firepower, forcing them to flee in disarray.

“The undaunted troops however pursued the fleeing criminals and effectively neutralized 3 of them while several others fled with fatal gunshot injuries. Troops however successfully apprehended 4 of the fleeing bandits,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, last Thursday, executed multiple air strikes at Njimia, on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest, in Borno State.

It resulted in the neutralization of several Boko Haram terrorists, as well as damage to their structures, Maj. Gen. Enenche, said in another release.

The air onslaught at Njimia, he revealed, was conducted after series of aerial surveillance missions showed uptick of activities in the settlement.

“Consequently, the ATF dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the location. The NAF attack aircraft delivered accurate hits in the target area resulting in the neutralization of several BHTs,” Enenche added.

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