By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Defence Headquarters says, the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike has neutralized several armed bandits and disrupted their camps in the Kuduru and Kwaimbana Forest areas of Kaduna State.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche,Coordinator,Defence Media Operations, DHQ made the disclosure in a statement made available to Newsmen on Friday.
According to him, the twin operation was carried out by the troops on two different days of 2nd and 3rd September, 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the 2 locations were being used as staging areas by the bandits
Below is the detail of the statement as released by Gen. Enenche.
“The attack on the Kuduru Forest hideout was executed after aerial reconnaissance missions observed significant number of armed bandits around some compounds in a small settlement within the forest.
“Accordingly, the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
“The attack aircraft took turns in strafing the target area leading to the neutralization of several of the bandits as well as damage to their dwellings.
“At the Kwaimbana Forest, where some bandits were seen along with many rustled cattle around some huts and makeshift structures, the NAF jets and helicopter gunships engaged the area in successive passes, taking out some of the bandits.”