By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force aircraft on Sunday killed no fewer than 10 armed bandits near Birnin Gwari and Janko Hills through its Air component of operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) in kaduna state.
In a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF said the operation was conducted on Saturday following the directives by the OPHD headquarters to resume kinetic operations against camps identified as harboring unrepentant armed bandits.
Daramola said ” The decision was taken in the wake of the attack on troops’ location at Sunke in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State as well as the increased migration of bandits towards the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.
” The attack on the armed bandits was undertaken when a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission over the Birnin Gwari general area spotted several bandits at the location and engaged them with its guns killing some of them.
” Some bandits were similarly tracked to Janko Hill and equally neutralized”.
According to Daramola, the aim of the renewed kinetic operation is to ramp up the pressure on the bandits to ensure the ongoing peace process was not scuttled.
He, however, urged all persons involved in armed banditry in the northwest to renounce violence, surrender to security agencies and hand over their weapons.