Several Bandits Killed As Air force Jet Bombs Rugu In Zamfara - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Several Bandits Killed As Air force Jet Bombs Rugu In Zamfara


Nigeria Air Force Jet and attack helicopter have killed several bandits, destroyed an operational truck and razed their hideouts down when the Air Task Force (ATF) of the Operation Diran Mikiya strafed Rugu forest in Zamfara state.

The Air Force helicopter also strafed a moving truck carrying the bandits, immobilised it and neutralised  its occupants while the Alpha Jet simultaneously attacked a compound and destroyed one of the huts harbouring the bandits.

In statement on Thursday evening by Ibikunle Daramola, Air Commodore and Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force
credible Intelligence sources revealed that "several bandits were killed as a result of the attack."

Daramola noted the assault on the bandits, their operational truck and hideout was carried out on Thursday morning, following days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, initiated based on credible Human Intelligence reports. 

The statement reads: "The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has intensified the bombardment of armed bandits’ hideouts in Zamfara State and environs. The air strikes were preceded by days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, initiated based on credible Human Intelligence reports, which led to the identification of several camps being used by the bandits to launch attacks against innocent civilians.

"One of the air interdiction missions was conducted at dawn today, 7 February 2019, at a location in Rugu Forest South of Gurbin Baure, where some armed bandits were seen assembled by a logistics truck parked near their compound-hideout. 

"The ATF dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopter and an Alpha Jet to engage the bandits’ truck and compound. Overhead the target area, the bandits were seen dispersing in different directions with some attempting to make a getaway in the truck. 

"The helicopter strafed the moving truck in successive passes immobilizing it and neutralizing its occupants. The Alpha Jet simultaneously attacked the compound and destroyed one of the huts harbouring the bandits, which was seen engulfed in flames. Credible Intelligence sources later revealed that several bandits were killed as a result of the attack.

" The NAF, working in close coordination with surface forces and other security agencies, will sustain its reconnaissance and air interdiction missions to neutralize the armed bandits and deny them freedom of action in the area. 

"You are requested to please disseminate this information through your medium for the awareness of the general public. It would also be highly appreciated if the attached short video clip, which is now declassified, is shown to the general public for them to witness part of the attack. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation."
 

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