By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
Several armed bandits have been killed and their logistics facilities destroyed as the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI launched massive air strikes in the Kwiambana Forest area of Zamfara State.
Major General John Enenche Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, in a press release said the feat was achieved on Tuesday 15 September 2020, as part of air interdiction missions being executed under subsidiary Operation WUTAN DAJI 2 to rid the North West of the Country of armed bandits and other criminal elements.
He said the location was designated for attack after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports and confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, established that the cluster of huts and other structures at the edge of the Forest served as hideout for notorious bandits’ leaders ‘Sani Mochoko’ and ‘Damina’ and some of their fighters.
“Accordingly, the Air Component scrambled Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location. The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target area resulting in significant damage to the bandits’ structures as well as the killing of several of their fighters,” he said.