How scores of bandits met bitter end on Abuja-Kaduna highway

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air component of Operation Thunder Strike has neutralised several armed bandits at Chikwale Forest in the Mangoro area of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Enenche said the operation was conducted on Saturday following credible intelligence reports indicating the significant presence of the criminal elements in the area, about 20km West of the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

”Accordingly, after series of confirmatory aerial surveillance missions, the Air Component dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.

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”Overhead the target area, the NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft spotted scores of bandits, mounted on motorcycles and dressed in black attire, heading towards Niger State.

“The attack aircraft therefore took turns in engaging the bandits, who were seen firing at the attack helicopter as it strafed them,” he said.

The coordinator said many of the criminal elements were neutralsed in the strikes, while some escaped with various degrees of injuries.

He added that aerial surveillance missions were been intensified, in coordination with ground troops, to locate the fleeing bandits.

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