Troops kill bandits, recover firearms in Zamfara

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force for ‘Operation Diran Mikiya’ has carried out air raids on several hideouts of a notorious bandit kingpin during which several of his cohorts were killed and many firearms recovered.

The NAF explained that the attack was carried out on August 15 and 18,2018 on the makeshift settlements near Rugu forest and an abandoned primary school inhabited by the bandits.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed in a statement on Sunday that the attacks, which were executed in support of ground troops in Sector 2 of ‘Operation Sharan Daji’, were planned based on credible intelligence that the kingpin and his group of armed bandits were using the school in Shamashale as well as some makeshift settlements in the eastern part of Zamfara State as bases for their operations.

It stated that the attack at Shamashale was conducted on August 15 following further confirmatory Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions that revealed the presence of several armed bandits in the area.

Accordingly, the ATF dispatched two combat helicopters to attack the location.

“During the attack, some bandits carrying sophisticated high-calibre weapons were seen trying to flee the area.”

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