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Air force shells bandits, Boko Haram in Kaduna, Niger: Official

According to the spokesman, normal activities have been restored following the armed reconnaissance conducted.

• May 14, 2021
NAF Alpha-jet
NAF Alpha-jet used to illustrate the story

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) airstrike has neutralised bandits in aerial missions in Chikun, Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security Samuel Aruwan disclosed in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

“The air component of Operation Thunder Strike conducted a series of aerial missions across several locations as reported in operational feedback from NAF to the Kaduna State Government.

“Armed reconnaissance was conducted over Erena, Kusasu, Kuduru, Kulefe, Kusherki and Shiroro in neighbouring Niger State as well as Chikun and environs in Chikun LGA.

“Bandits were seen fleeing parts of Kusasu in Chikun LGA of the state on motorcycles. They were trailed by the crew and subsequently neutralised,” he said.

The Shiroro community, hosting Nigeria’s major power grid has been under Boko Haram for weeks. People’s Gazette reported how the dreaded jihadists hoisted its flag in the area.

According to him, normal activities have been restored following the armed reconnaissance conducted on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Olam Farms, Rugu, Akilbu, Polewire Rijana, Katari, Jere and adjoining settlements.

He said that normal human activities and free flow of traffic were observed along the highway and rail line as all locations scanned were reported calm with no threats observed.

Samuel Aruwan
Samuel Aruwan [Photo credit: Twitter]

Mr Aruwan also disclosed that the airstrike carried out operations over Jan Birni, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, which was observed to be active with bandits.

“The targets were attacked by the aircraft, and it was subsequently confirmed that some bandits were indeed taken out and the camp set ablaze and destroyed,” he added.

The commissioner said that a second mission was flown over another identified camp in the area which was also attacked, set ablaze and completely destroyed by two strike aircraft.

He said that the operations continued as aircraft conducted armed reconnaissance and show-of-force over Birnin Gwari, Kaduna metropolis and Zaria. Free flow of traffic was similarly observed on the expressways and rail line, according to Mr Aruwan.

He said normal activities were reported within the metropolis as citizens observed the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations without incident.

“Afterwards, a show-of-force was conducted over Gwagwada, Gadani, Chikun, Kusasu, Iburu, Zamba, Shiroro, Kuta, Kwatayi and Erena, spanning Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru LGAs.

“All locations covered were reported calm with no threats observed,” he said.

Mr Aruwan said that air interdiction, armed reconnaissance and patrols were set to be sustained over the coming days over Kaduna metropolis and other areas of interest in the state.

“Major highways will also be covered, including the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari, Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Zaria, Kaduna-Kachia and Kaduna-Afaka roads.

(NAN)

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