Sequel to a timely and reliable information on the movement of bandits in an area of Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under Operation ACCORD in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes have in a combined ground and air offensive yesterday 5th June 2020, undertaken a clearance patrol to Kachia Forest and decimated some armed bandits/cattle rustlers. Troops chased the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest. Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.
After the air operation, human intelligence conducted confirmed that seventy (70) bandits were killed. Despite that, they also observed that many others escaped with injuries as blood trails were visible. The troops are still exploring the forest.
Speaking this morning, Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ)), said that as a matter of security concern, people living within this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces to ensure that the escapees are mopped up.
In the same vein, troops of Operation YAKI in blocking positions for Operation ACCORD on the outskirts of Kankomi village arrested 2 bandits’ logistics suppliers. Items recovered include: recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries (food supplies).
Major General Enenche appealed to the public to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in ending banditry and other criminal activities in Nigeria.
More details later.