From Ndidi Okodili, Abuja

The Air Element of the Operation Hadarin Daji below a subsidiary Operation Wutan Daji has destroyed two camps and a cave serving as hideout for a bandit gang in Damborou forest in Zamfara State, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has disclosed.

The chief of the armed gang was recognized as Hassan Tagwaye.

In keeping with an announcement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Main Normal John Enenche, “the Air interdiction missions being performed by the Air Element of Operation HADARIN DAJI below the subsidiary Operation WUTAN DAJI have yielded extra optimistic outcomes with the destruction of two camps and a cave hideout of members of the armed bandits’ gang led by Hassan Tagwaye in Doumborou Forest, Zamfara State”.

The assertion revealed that “the air strikes, which additionally resulted within the neutralization of some key armed bandits’ leaders in addition to a number of of their fighters, have been executed on 23 June 2020, after sequence of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions led to the identification of the camps and a cave the place the bandits retailer their weapons in addition to conceal to evade assaults”.

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It added that, “consequently, the Air Element dispatched an enhanced pressure package deal of fighter jets and helicopter gunships to assault the placement. On the first camp, some bandits, who had assembled for a gathering close to one of many huts, have been neutralized by the assault plane. On the second camp, a suspected high-value bandits’ chief together with some weapon-bearing fighters have been seen within the neighborhood of some huts.

“The assault plane engaged the goal buildings, scoring correct hits and taking out the huts together with their occupants. The NAF jets additionally later recorded direct hits on the suspected bunker, from the place a few of the bandits have been seen rising, utterly destroying it. Human Intelligence reviews later confirmed that Hassan Tagwaye and his twin brother Hussain together with a number of different bandits have been neutralized within the air strikes, whereas a number of escaped with accidents.

“As a matter of safety concern, individuals within the common space are suggested to report these with sudden and suspicious accidents to the safety forces. That is to make sure that the escapees are mopped up”.

The assertion continued that, “whereas commending the Air Element of Operation HADARIN DAJI for his or her professionalism, the Chief of the Air Employees (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has urged them to stay resolute within the conduct of air strikes while persevering with to supply shut air assist for ongoing floor operations with a purpose to eradicate all armed bandits; thus engaging in the directives of the Chief of Defence Employees (CDS) to revive normalcy within the North West and North Central Zones of the Nation”.

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