Not less than 10 armed bandits have been killed by the Nigerian Air Drive (NAF), via its Air Element of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) at forests close to Birnin Gwari and Janko Hill in Kaduna State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Data, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed the event in an announcement on Sunday in Abuja.
He mentioned the operation was performed on Saturday.
He mentioned: “The operation was performed yesterday, Oct. 5, following the directives by the OPHD Headquarters to renew kinetic operations towards camps recognized as harbouring unrepentant armed bandits.
“The choice was taken within the wake of the assault on troops’ location at Sunke in Anka Native Authorities Space of Zamfara State in addition to the elevated migration of bandits in direction of the Birnin Gwari space of Kaduna State.
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Daramola added that the assault on the bandits was undertaken when a NAF helicopter on an armed reconnaissance mission over the Birnin Gwari basic space noticed a number of bandits on the location and engaged them with its weapons and killed a few of them.
Based on the NAF spokesman, some bandits have been equally tracked to Janko Hill and killed.
Daramola insisted mentioned the target of the renewed kinetic operations is to ramp up the stress on the bandits.
He added: “Accordingly, the Air Element OPHD will proceed to dominate the final space via armed reconnaissance missions to facilitate a return to normalcy within the North West of the nation.
“All persons involved in banditry in the area are therefore strongly advised to renounce violence, surrender to security agencies and hand over their weapons.”