The Nigerian Air Force says its airstrikes have killed several armed bandits at Walawa, Yadi and Kuduru hills in Kaduna State.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement that some of their logistics supplies were destroyed in the process.
This follows a special operation conducted in coordination with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to smoke out the bandits.
Daramola explained that the operation was carried out “after credible intelligence reports and days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions revealed that the bandits, after driving away from the original inhabitants of the area, had continued to operate from the locations with impunity.”
“The NAF detailed its attack aircraft to conduct series of air raids at the bandits’ camps resulting in the destruction of some of the logistics facilities and structures housing the armed bandits as well as the neutralization of several of them.
“The airstrikes also paved the way for ground forces to conduct mop-up operations, supported by NAF combat helicopters.
“In all, no fewer than 5 commanders of Ansaru and a dozen armed bandits were neutralized in the operation,” the statement read in part.
Daramola also reiterated the commitment of the Air Force to flush the armed bandits out of the Northwest region.