The Nigerian Air Force has, on Tuesday launched a major offensive against bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna highway notorious for reports of kidnapping and banditry, killing many of the bandits in the camp.
The offensive attack took place following intelligence reports that indicated that a cluster of huts and other structures at the location were a hideout for a notorious bandit named ‘Major’, and his fighters.
According to the Defence Headquarters, six NAF aircraft undertaking five missions in a total of 13 sorties carried out a dawn raid on the cluster of huts housing the bandits.
This comes closely on the heels of an attack in which the bandits kidnapped over 10 persons on the road and also killed no fewer than five others, 24 hours ago.
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The development was disclosed in a statement on released by the the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche on Wednesday. The statement, which was titled, ‘Operation Thunder Strike: Land and air components clear bandits’ camp along Abuja-Kaduna expressway,’ said the raid cleared the Kuku area of Kagarko Local Government Area of the bandits.
The statement also 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.
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“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.”
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Furthermore, the DHQ explained that a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft provided situational awareness for the troops throughout the operation.
The military high command has since commended the troops for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in their operations against the bandits.