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Military Kill 70 Terrorists In Kaduna

Nigerian Air forces neutralize seventy bandits during a joint military operation in Kachia forest Kaduna.

“In a combined ground and air offensive on June 5, 2020, troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under Operation ACCORD in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and local vigilantes conducted a clearance patrol to Kachia Forest and neutralised some bandits and cattle rustlers,” Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said in a statement on Saturday.

Enenche said, “this followed a timely and credible information on the bandits’ movement within the area. Troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest.

“Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships. After the air interdiction, seventy (70) bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries. The troops are exploitating the forest. Details to follow as they unfold.”

“As a matter of security concern, people in this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces. This is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up,” Enenche said.

Similarly, troops of Operation YAKI in blocking positions for Operation ACCORD on the outskirts of Kankomi village said they apprehended the terror groups’ logistics suppliers and recovered some items, including recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries.

The Nigerian military is stepping ground and air operation in Kaduna and other parts of Northwest Nigeria, following a resurgence armed attacks on communities.

In recent weeks, the criminals have intensified terror attacks in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states, displacing populations and creating humanitarian crises.

Following the killings and other criminal activities by the terror groups, the people have been cut off from their livelihoods, especially farming.

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