The Nigerian Air Force launched a dreadful attack against bandits, killing scores of the offenders along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The attack followed reports specifying that a collection of huts and other structures at the location served as hideout for a notorious bandits’ leader, named ‘Major’ and his fighters.
The Defence Headquarters disclosed that six NAF aircraft undertaking five missions in a total of 13 sorties carried out a dawn raid on the huts housing the bandits.
This is coming 24 hours after bandits kidnapped over 10 persons on the road and also killed no fewer than five others.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday, titled, ‘Operation Thunder Strike: Land and air components clear bandits’ camp along Abuja-Kaduna expressway,’ said the operation cleared the Kuku area of Kagarko Local Government Area of the gangsters.
Enenche said, “The first wave of the Air Component’s airstrikes, which involved six Nigerian Air Force aircraft undertaking five missions in a total of 13 sorties, commenced at dawn and targeted the cluster of huts housing ‘Major.’
“The attack aircraft hit some of the target structures and neutralized some of the bandits.
“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.
“This paved the way for the ground troops to overrun and destroy the camp without effective resistance from the bandits.”