The Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has continued to report successes in its renewed air offensive towards armed bandits in Zamfara State and its environs. The air strikes, which had been intensified on 8 April 2019 with the deployment of further 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 within the Northwest of the Country.
On the primary day of the intensive operation, the ATF carried out coordinated air raids towards a number of recognized armed bandits’ hideouts at Doumborou, Sububu, West Malamawa, Baturia Pond and Rugu Forest, the place a number of bandits had been neutralized and their camps destroyed.
Yesterday, 9 April 2019, the ATF carried out waves of assaults towards a number of targets. The first wave struck three armed bandits areas inside Sububu Forest in addition to one other camp in Kagara Forest. Targets attacked within 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 supplied shut air assist to floor forces of Sector 2 to allow them transfer into the attacked areas to mop-up the fleeing survivors and get well their weapons. In all, the ATF degraded Eight camps and neutralized scores of armed bandits.
Reports point out that, because of the air strikes, among the bandits are fleeing in the direction of the border between Nigeria and Niger Republic. Accordingly, the ATF is liaising with related authorities to make sure that the bandits are prevented from escaping by way of the Southern a part of Niger Republic.
The NAF, in consonance with floor forces and different related authorities, will maintain its efforts to finish the scourge of banditry and different associated threats to life and security within the Northwest of our pricey nation.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force