By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helicopter gunships on 5 June 2020 neutralised 70 bandits in Kachia forest in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche said the feat was achieved in a combined ground and air offensive by troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under Operation ACCORD in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes.
He said the troops conducted a clearance patrol to Kachia Forest and neutralized some armed bandits/cattle rustlers following a timely and credible information on the bandits movement within the area.
“Troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest. Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships. After the air interdiction, seventy (70) bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries. The troops are exploitating the forest. Details to follow as they unfold.” he said
The Coordinator noted that as a matter of security concern, people in the general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces, adding that such request is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up.
In a related development, troops of Operation YAKI in blocking positions for Operation ACCORD at outskirts of Kankomi village apprehended two bandits’ logistics suppliers and recovered recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries.
The Military High Command in the statement congratulates Operation THUNDER STRIKE, Operation YAKI and Air Component of Operation ACCORD, for their dexterity.
The military authorities also called on the general public to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in eliminating bandits and other criminal elements in the Country.