The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday launched a major offensive at the Abuja-Kaduna highway killing many of the criminals in their camp.
The development was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the Nigerian Airforce ‘Operation Thunder Strike: Land and air components clear bandits’ camp along Abuja-Kaduna expressway by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.
Report indicated that the operation followed intelligence reports that a cluster of huts and other structures at the location served as hideout for a notorious bandits’ leader popularly called Major alongside his fighters.
According to the Defense Headquarters, six NAF aircraft undertaking five missions in a total of 13 sorties carried out a dawn raid on the cluster of huts housing the criminals who have been terrorizing travelers on the Abuja-Kaduna land route.
He said the raid cleared the Kuku area of Kagarko Local Government Area of the bandits.
The raid is coming 24 hours after bandits kidnapped over 10 persons on the road and also killed no fewer than five travellers.
Major General Enenche explained that the attack aircraft hit some of the target structures and neutralized some of the bandits adding that the second wave of attacks was executed by NAF helicopter gunships which, while continuing to engage the bandits’ location, also provided close air support to the land component as they advanced from Kagarko via Kuku into the bandits’ enclave.
The Defense media Coordinator said the air strikes paved the way for the ground troops to overrun and destroy the camps. The military high command commended the troops for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations against the bandits.