A total of 82 bandits in Katsina and Zamfara states were gunned down by Operation Hadarin Daji troops.
While 67 criminals were eliminated at the Birnin Kogo forest in Katsina, 15 were killed at the Ajjah forest in Zamfara.
Announcing this on Wednesday in a statement, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, said the airstrikes executed on Monday, was sequel to intelligence on the hideouts.
The statement reads, “No fewer than 67 bandits, armed with very high calibre weapons, including Anti-Aircraft guns, have been neutralised and several others injured in air interdiction missions executed by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji at Birnin Kogo forest in Katsina State.
“In the same vein, about 15 bandits were eliminated in airstrikes conducted by the Air Component at Ajjah forest in Zamfara State.
“Both airstrikes were carried out on 23 November 2020, sequel to credible human intelligence reports as well as aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the two forest hideouts, which housed scores of the bandits along with hundreds of rustled cattle.”