- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the invasion on the hideouts of the armed bandits took place between August 25 and 27, 2018
- Air Commodore Ibiunle Daramola confirms that many of the armed bandits were killed in the attacks
- The NAF promises to continue to dominate the area and ensure criminal elements are brought to justice
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Tuesday, August 28, announced that its men on operation Diran Mikiya have successfully killed many armed bandits in a raid on the Bayan Ruwa and Rugu forests in Zamfara state.
In a statement signed by Air Commodore Ibiunle Daramola, its spokesperson, the Nigerian Air Force said the attacks on the bases of the armed bandits happened between August 25 and 27.
“The attack on Bayan Ruwa was executed following an encounter with a notorious group of armed bandits by own ground forces whilst conducting clearance operations on August 25, 2018.
“The troops called for close air support and the ATF dispatched a ground attack aircraft as well as an attack helicopter to the location. The aircraft supported the ground forces of sector 3 to inflict maximum damage on the criminal elements.
“On 26 August 2018, an attack helicopter on armed reconnaissance around same location sighted makeshift structures within a forested area suspected to be a new hideout being developed by the bandits that survived the attack of the previous day.
“The helicopter subsequently engaged the location. Some of the bandits, who were seen attempting to flee the location, were mopped up by subsequent follow-on attacks,” the statement said.
It further revealed that armed reconnaissance missions conducted on August 26 and 27, 2018, revealed the presence of some armed bandits at a settlement east of Hayin Alhaji as well as some warehouse-like structures deep inside Rugu forest.
It said these hideouts by the bandits.
“Several armed bandits and a considerable number of rustled cattle were seen around one of the makeshift warehouses.
“Accordingly, the warehouses and the criminals operating there were attacked by the combat helicopters leading to the destruction of the makeshift buildings and neutralization of several armed bandits.
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“The ATF will continue to dominate the area through armed reconnaissance and air interdiction missions to completely decimate the armed bandits in order to ensure a return to normalcy in Zamfara and other states in the north west.
“All persons involved in armed banditry in the area are therefore advised to renounce violence, surrender to security agencies and hand over their weapons,” it said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Saturday, May 5, unveiled two Mi-35M helicopter gunships that the federal government had since ordered from Russia.
The induction ceremony was conducted as part of the activities of the 54th anniversary of the NAF which is currently ongoing in Kaduna state.
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