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Nigerian Air Force Clears Zamfara Bandit Hideout

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) on Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has recorded successes in a renewed air offensive towards bandits in Zamfara and its environs.

NAF Spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in an announcement on Wednesday in Abuja, mentioned the operation was carried out on Monday.

“The air strikes, which had been intensified on April 8, with the deployment of extra plane, are aimed toward flushing out the bandits from their hideouts in Sububu, Rugu and Kagara Forests, amongst others, while guaranteeing the safety of the lives and properties of residents in the North West of the Nation.

“On the primary day of the intensive operation, the ATF conducted coordinated air raids against multiple identified bandits’ hideouts at Doumborou, Sububu, West Malamawa, Baturia Pond and Rugu Forest, where a number of bandits were neutralised and their camps destroyed,” he said.

He said the ATF on April 9, conducted waves of attacks towards a number of targets, including that the first wave struck three bandits areas inside Sububu forest in addition to one other camp in Kagara forest.

“Targets attacked in the second wave had been notable armed bandits’ hideouts at Kamarawa, Kunduma and Tsamare hill, whereas the third wave targeted on armed bandits hideouts in Doumborou.

“The ATF additionally provided shut air support to surface forces of Sector 2 to allow them move into the attacked areas to mop-up the fleeing survivors and recuperate their weapons.

“In all, the ATF degraded eight camps and neutralised scores of bandits,” he mentioned.

Daramola mentioned reports indicated that, on account of the air strikes, some of the bandits had been fleeing in the direction of the border between Nigeria and Niger Republic.

“Accordingly, the ATF is liaising with related authorities to ensure that the bandits are prevented from escaping via the Southern a part of Niger Republic,” he mentioned. ‬

He mentioned the NAF, in consonance with surface forces and different related authorities, would sustain its efforts to finish the scourge of banditry and different associated threats to life and security within the North West of “our dear nation.”

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