The Defence Headquarters says the air component of Operation, Hadarin Daji has destroyed two bandits’ camps and a cave hideout led by Hassan Tagwaye in Doumborou Forest, Zamfara state.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche, in a statement said the air interdiction missions were conducted by the troops under the subsidiary Operation Wutan Daji on June 23.

He added that the airstrikes resulted in the killing of some key armed bandits’ leaders as well as several of their fighters after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, ISR missions.

Enenche said the intelligence report led to the identification of the camps and a cave where the bandits store their weapons as well as hide to evade attacks. According to him, the Air Component dispatched an enhanced force package of fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.

He said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had charged the troops to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes while continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits.