Scores killed as NAF helicopter bombards bandits hideouts


Scores of bandits terrorising Niger state have been killed by the air component of the Nigerian Military, The Nation reports.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, disclosed in a statement that the rampaging bandits were neutralised at their hideout located about 10 kilometres Southeast of Pandogari.

According to the statement, the operation followed credible intelligence reports that the bandits had assembled under a cluster of trees at Kalabu village.

Consequently according to Onyeuko, a Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter dispatched in the area engaged the bandits, killing many of them, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

The statement read in part, “in continuation of air operations aimed at flushing out armed bandits from the Country, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, through the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIKI, has neutralized some bandits at their hideout located about 10Km Southeast of Pandogari in Niger State.

“The attack was undertaken on 31 March 2020, sequel to credible human intelligence reports indicating that the bandits had assembled under a group of trees at Kalaibu Village near Pandogari.

“A Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter dispatched for an armed reconnaissance mission in the area spotted and engaged the bandits, neutralizing some, while others managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria, in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North West, will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation until our mission is accomplished”.

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