Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
November 18, 2020
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The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday begins a major rancid against bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, killing scores of the criminals in their hermitage.
The operation followed information gathering showing that a cluster of huts and other structures at the location served as concealment for a notorious bandits’ leader, known as ‘Major’ and his fighters.
The Defence Headquarters explained that six NAF aircraft undertaking five missions in a total of 13 sorties carried out a dawn raid and bombarded the cluster of huts where the fugitives reside.
This is coming 24 hours after bandits kidnapped over ten persons on the road and also killed about five others.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, on Wednesday, in a statement titled, ‘Operation Thunder Strike: Land and air components clear bandits’ camp along Abuja-Kaduna expressway,’ disclosed the raid cleared the Kuku area of Kagarko Local Government Area, where the bandits have hitherto tormented.
It said, “The first wave of the Air Component’s airstrikes, which involved six Nigerian Air Force aircraft undertaking five missions in a total of 13 sorties, commenced at dawn and targeted the cluster of huts housing ‘Major.’
“The attack aircraft hit some of the target structures and neutralized some of the bandits.
“The second wave of attacks was executed by NAF helicopter gunships which, while continuing to engage the bandits’ location, also provided close air support to the land component as they advanced from Kagarko via Kuku into the bandits’ enclave.
“This paved the way for the ground troops to overrun and destroy the camp without effective resistance from the bandits.”
The Defence Headquarter further revealed that a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance aircraft provided situational awareness for the troops throughout the operation.
The military high command, therefore, commended the troops for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations against the bandits.