Zamfara: Air Force kills armed bandits, destroys hideout

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The Nigerian Air Force recorded a major feat in the battle against armed bandits in Zamfara State as it killed some of them and destroyed structures they occupy.

The air strike was carried out by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Diran Mikiya on Friday.

The bandits’ hideout is located at a compound West of Tsamari in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known on Sunday in Abuja said the action of the military followed intelligence reports.

According to him, it was confirmed that the compound was being used by the armed bandits as a camp from where they launched attacks on innocent civilians.

He said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft confirmed the presence of bandits armed with high calibre weapons at the location.

“Consequently, an Alpha Jet aircraft was dispatched to strike the compound, recording direct hits on the target area and resulting in significant damage to the structures and neutralisation of some bandits.

“This was later confirmed by credible human intelligence sources,’’ he said.

He said the surface troops which later stormed the compound recovered some motorcycles abandoned by the fleeing criminals.

“The ATF working in concert with surface forces and other security agencies, will continue to conduct reconnaissance and air interdiction missions with a view to restoring normalcy to the affected states in the North-west,” he added.

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