By Augustine Osayande, PhD
Troops from the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI under the subsidiary Operation WUTAN DAJI have killed some key bandits’ leaders in Doumborou Forest, Zamfara State
Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Major-General John Enenche, said Air interdiction missions being conducted yielded more positive results with the destruction of 2 camps and a cave hideout of members of the bandits’ gang led by Hassan Tagwaye
He said the air strikes also resulted in the neutralization of several of their fighters
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations explained that the air strikes were executed, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions led to the identification of the camps and a cave where the bandits store their weapons as well as hide to evade attacks.
Enenche also revealed that the Air Component dispatched an enhanced force package of fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
He said at the first camp, some bandits, who had assembled for a meeting near one of the huts, were neutralized by the attack aircraft, while at the second camp, a suspected high-value bandits’ leader along with some weapon-bearing fighters were seen in the vicinity of some huts.
Enenche said the attack aircraft engaged the target structures, scoring accurate hits and taking out the huts along with their occupants.
He said the NAF jets also later recorded direct hits on the suspected bunker, from where some of the bandits were seen emerging, completely destroying it.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations further stated that Human Intelligence reports later confirmed that Hassan Tagwaye and his twin brother Hussain along with several other bandits were neutralized in the air strikes, while a few fighters escaped with injuries.
He advised people in the area to report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces. This he said ensure that the escapees are mopped up.
Enenche said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while commending the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism, urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits; thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North-west and North-central zones of the country.