Defense Headquarters spokesman, Major-General John Enenche, announced in a statement on Tuesday, June 30, that the air component of Operation Gama Aiki hit the bandits with air strikes in Kasuwan Ango, a local government area in Mariga, Niger.
He said the military had received reliable information that some armed bandits had been seen on the move with large numbers of cattle rustling in the area.
"Consequently, the Air Component dispatched a helicopter to engage the bandits in various waves of attack, leading to the neutralization of some of the bandits, while some escaped with gunshot wounds.
"Two of the fleeing thugs, who were foreigners, were later arrested", he said.
One of the two foreigners arrested by the military after an operation against cattle thieves in the State of Niger [Defence Headquarters]
The rustling of cattle is one of Nigeria's main insecurity problems, as bandits roam the communities mainly in the northern region of the country and steal, kill and destroy property.
President Muhammadu Buhari He recently fired a warning to chiefs of service to control the situation after many fed-up citizens protested these killings in his hometown, Katsina.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, encouraged members of the public to continue providing useful information that would facilitate the restoration of peace and security in all terrified parts of the country, according to the Enenche statement.