The Nigerian Air Force has on Saturday, April 13, destroyed some logistics stores belonging to bandits within Kagara forest in Zamfara state.
This was disclosed in a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, director of public relations and information of the force.
According to Daramola, the raid was carried out during operation DIRAN MIKIYA which was set up to clear the area of bandits.
The director also confirmed that four armed bandits were killed during the operation which completely wiped out the bandits' logistics facility.
"The operation was executed yesterday, 13 April 2019, following credible intelligence reports indicating that some of the armed bandits who had fled their camps as a result of NAF’s earlier air strikes had relocated some logistics items, including fuel, motorcycles and local arms making equipment, to another location within Kagara forest.
"Accordingly, the ATF dispatched an Mi-35 helicopter gunship, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, to attack the target. The target area initially appeared uninhabited. However, as the helicopter approached, some of the bandits were seen emerging from under the shrubbery and running away from the area,"the NAF statement.
It added that the helicopter engaged the target and recorded successful hits on the logistics facility, which was engulfed in flames with thick black smoke seen.
"Some armed bandits, who fired at the aircraft, were taken out by the helicopter. Reports from independent sources, including local informants and village leaders around the general area, later confirmed that the logistics base was totally destroyed and 4 armed bandits killed as a result of the attack," the statement added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) called on anyone with evidence that innocent civilians were targeted by the NAF during its recent air strikes in Zamfara, to produce such evidence.
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Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, made the request in a statement on Friday, April 12 in Abuja.
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