NAF kill bandits in aerial operations in Chikun/Birnin Gwari LGAs, Kaduna

NAF kill bandits in aerial operations in Chikun/Birnin Gwari LGAs, Kaduna
Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
May 14, 2021

The air element of Operation Thunder Strike has carried out a series of aerial missions across several locations and parts of Kaduna state, killing many bandits in the process.

This was contained in a report of the operational feedback from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to the Kaduna State Government.

Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Friday that armed reconnaissance was conducted over Erena, Kusasu, Kuduru, Kulefe, Kusherki, and Shiroro in neighboring Niger State as well as Chikun and its environs, in Chikun Local Government Area.

He said, “Bandits were seen fleeing Kaduna State part of Kusasu (in Chikun LGA) on motorcycles. They were trailed by the crew and subsequently neutralized.

“Following this, armed reconnaissance was conducted along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Olam Farms, Rugu, Akilbu, Polewire Rijana, Katari, Jere, and adjoining settlements. Normal human activities and free flow of traffic were observed along the highway and rail lines. All locations scanned were reported calm with no threats observed.

“Additionally, strike aircraft carried out operations over Jan Birni, Birnin Gwari local government area, which was observed to be active with bandits. The targets were attacked by the aircraft and were subsequently confirmed that some bandits were indeed taken out and the camp set ablaze and destroyed.

“A second mission was flown over another identified camp in the area, which was also attacked, set ablaze, and completely destroyed by two strike aircraft.

“Thereafter, a show-of-force was carried out by the aircraft over the Birnin Gwari general area, Kaduna metropolis, and Zaria. Normal human activities were observed along the expressways and rail lines.

“The operations continued as aircraft conducted armed reconnaissance and show-of-force over Birnin Gwari, Kaduna metropolis, and Zaria. Free flow of traffic was similarly observed along the expressways and rail lines. Normal activities were reported within the metropolis as citizens observed the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations without incident.

“Afterwards, a show-of-force was conducted over Gwagwada, Gadani, Chikun, Kusasu, Iburu, Zamba, Shiroro, Kuta, Kwatayi, and Erena, spanning Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru LGAs. All locations covered were reported calm with no threats observed.

“These air operations, which include air interdiction, armed reconnaissance, and patrols are set to be sustained over the coming days over Kaduna metropolis and other areas of interest in the state. Major highways will also be covered, including the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari, Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Zaria, Kaduna-Kachia and Kaduna-Afaka roads.

“Receiving the feedback, Governor Nasir El-Rufai commended the crews for the successful missions and thanked them for their proactive operations.”