Military airstrikes hit terrorists’ hideouts in Kuduru and Kwaimbana in Kaduna State, northwestern Nigeria, and neutralised scores of the criminals in their camps, the Defense Headquarters reported on Friday.
The Coordinator of Military Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement in Abuja, said separate air strikes carried out on Wednesday and Thursday came with lots of successes.
Enenche said that the attacks were launched after intelligence reports indicated that the hideouts were the converging points of the terrorists.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Enenche as saying the Air Component dispatched the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships to attack the locations.
“The attack aircraft took turns in strafing the target area leading to the neutralisation of several of the bandits as well as damage to their dwellings.
“At the Kwaimbana Forest where some bandits were seen along with many rustled cattle around some huts and makeshift structures, the NAF jets and helicopter gunships engaged the area in successive passes, taking out some of the bandits,” he said.
Enenche also said troops of Operation Accord killed four terrorists in an encounter on Wednesday, September 2, at Jeka-Da-Rabi area of Kaduna State.
He said troops laid ambush following credible intelligence on the movement of the terrorists from the Kachia area of the state.
He said while four bandits were killed, others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Troops also recovered one AK 47 rifle and five rounds of 9mm ammunition with a magazine.
“Presently, the gallant troops have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols in search of the fleeing bandits.
“The Military High Command congratulates the troops for their dexterity and encourages them to intensify the onslaught against the criminal elements in the country,” he said.
The military launched joint operations in southern Kaduna, North Central Nigeria, in August following cases of intrr-ethnic and religious rivalry which has lingered for decades and deteriorating in recent times.
The crisis, which has pitted local populations against each other along religious lines, has led to emotional outbursts which have threatened the polity.
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