NAF aircraft neutralises armed bandits at Sububu forest in Zamfara
No fewer than 10 armed bandits have been neutralised by the Air Task Force (ATF) at Sububu forest area of Zamfara state.
We reported that the director of public relations and information of Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, April 23.
He said the feat was achieved on Monday, April 22, while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of sector 7 area of responsibility of Operation SHARAN DAJI, who had come into contact with armed bandits in Shinkafi local government area.
The statement read: ”Accordingly, the ATF dispatched 2 Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to provide the needed support and also conduct armed reconnaissance over identified locations in Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu and Dumburum forests and environs.
”At Sububu forest, one of the Alpha Jets spotted a group of armed bandits, who fired at the aircraft with their rifles, whilst running for cover. The Alpha Jet engaged the bandits, neutralizing no fewer than 10 of them while others escaped with injuries.
”The NAF, working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies, will sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the northwest of the country.
Meanwhile, we had previously reported that the troops of the Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara arrested the vice chairman of Anka local government area of the state, Yahuza Wuya for alleged link to bandits.