According to reports by the Defence Headquarters, a total of 82 heavily armed bandits were recently killed, after a concerted offensive attack on their hideouts in Zamfara and Katsina States.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement released in Abuja.
According to the statement, 67 bandits were killed at Birnin Kogo Forest in Katsina while 15 armed bandits were eliminated at Ajjah Forest in Zamfara State during the airstrikes that were carried out on Monday.
He added that the airstrikes came after two reliable sources gave away the location of the bandits’ hideouts.
According to him, “the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships dispatched by the Air Component to attack the two locations took turns in engaging the target areas, scoring accurate hits on the caves, which are used by the armed bandits to shield themselves from airstrikes.”
He concluded by saying that 100s of rustled cows were also discovered in the aforementioned hideouts, while expressing the Commands gratitude to the soldiers posted to the area.
Here is an airplane-view of the operation as released by the Defence Headquarters on Twitter on Wednesday morning.