Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has neutralised several bandits in an air strikes carried out by its Air Task Force, ATF, of Operation Diran Mikiya.
The bandits were killed at a compound in Rugu forest in Zamfara State, according to the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
In a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday, he said the air strikes were carried out after days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, initiated based on credible Human Intelligence reports.
He said the different camps were identified before the strike.
“One of the air interdiction missions was conducted at dawn (today), February 7 at a location in Rugu Forest South of Gurbin Baure, where some armed bandits were seen assembled by a logistics truck parked near their compound-hideout.
“The ATF dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopter and an Alpha Jet to engage the bandits’ truck and compound.
“Overhead the target area, the bandits were seen dispersing in different directions with some attempting to make a getaway in the truck,” he said.
“The Alpha Jet simultaneously attacked the compound and destroyed one of the huts harbouring the bandits, which was seen engulfed in flames,” he added.
He promised that the Nigerian Air Force would continue to work with other security agencies to end the activities of the bandits.