The Defence Headquarter says, soldiers, both Land and Air Components of Operation THUNDER STRIKE have neutralized several armed bandits in a joint offensive operation to clear identified bandits’ camp around Kuku area of Kagarko Local Government Area along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway axis of Kaduna State.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Enenche said, the operation was executed yesterday, 17 November 2020, on the heels of credible Human Intelligence reports indicating that a cluster of huts and other structures at the location served as hideout for a notorious bandits’ leader, named “Major”, along with his fighters.
He added that, the first wave of the Air Component’s air strikes, which involved Six Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft undertaking Five missions in a total of thirteen sorties, commenced at dawn and targeted the cluster of huts housing “Major”.
“The attack aircraft hit some of the target structures and killed some of the bandits”.
The Defence Headquarters spokesperson also added that, the second wave of attacks was executed by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships which, while continuing to engage the bandits’ location, also provided close air support to the Land Component as they advanced from Kagarko via Kuku into the bandits’ enclave.
He said this paved way for the ground troops to overrun and destroy the camp without effective resistance from the bandits. “A Nigerian Airforce Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft remained airborne providing situational awareness for the troops throughout the operation”, he said.