The Defence Headquarters has stated that the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has destroyed another bandits’ camp and killed many of the bandits at Kwayanbana Forest in Zamfara.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Eneche explained that the airstrike was carried out on June 7, in continuation of air operations being conducted under Operation Accord.
He further explained that the operation was carried out after intelligence reports and series of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions established that some insubstantial structures were hidden under the dense forest.
According to him, the intelligence reports has also revealed that the caves in the surrounding high grounds served as a hideout for the bandits and their notorious kingpin, Dogo Gede.
He furthermore explained that the Air Component dispatched a force package of attack aircraft and helicopter gunships to the location, leading to the destruction of the makeshift structures as well as the killing of several bandits.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.
“He urges them to remain focused on the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all bandits.
“This is aimed at accomplishing efforts to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central zones of the country,” he explained.