The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has said its Air Task Force (ATF) set up to rout banditry has destroyed another operational base of the bandits and neutralised several of their fighters near Doumbourou Hill in Zamfara State.
The Director Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known in a statement said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has destroyed another armed bandits’ hideout and neutralised several of their fighters near Doumbourou Hill in Zamfara State.
“The attack was executed on January 2, 2019, following human intelligence (HUMINT) reports, which were later confirmed by Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that a large number of bandits, armed with high-calibre weapons, regularly assemble at a compound around the foot of the hill before going out on operations.
“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopters, supported by an ISR platform, to engage the bandits and destroy their compound.
“The helicopters strafed the target area in successive waves of attack, with the first wave causing some damage to the structures and neutralising some of their fighters.
“The second wave was sequenced to engage the armed bandits as they re-emerged out of their hiding places, thus inflicting further fatalities on them. Credible HUMINT sources later revealed that the leader of the group was amongst those killed during the attack.
“The ATF, will continue to work in close coordination with surface forces and other security agencies, to conduct reconnaissance and air interdiction missions with a view to restoring normalcy to the affected states in the North West.