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Nigerian Air Force Targets Terrorists In “Dangote” Camp

The air component of Defence Headquarters Operation Hadarin Daji on Thursday, July 23,2020, scrambled combat aircraft to destroy a new camp belonging to terrorist leader, “Dangote”, in Doumborou Forest area of Zamfara State,Northwest Nigeria, the military said.

In a statement, Maj.- Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, said the air interdiction missions yielded positive results with the destruction of a new camp belonging to the armed gang headed by “Dangote” in the Doumborou Forest area of Zamfara State.

“The air strike, which also resulted in the killing of several armed bandits, was executed on 23 July, 2020 after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of confirmatory aerial surveillance missions established that members of the gang along with their logistics items, motorcycles and hundreds of rustled livestock, had relocated from their erstwhile position to new area by a rocky high ground within the forest,”. Enenche said.

He added that the air component dispatched an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location, adding that the attack aircraft engaged the target area scoring accurate hits and taking out some bandits.

“Many others, who were seen trying to flee the location in disarray, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks,” Enenche said.

The Nigerian Air Force has stepped up combat sorties in the Northwest following a resurgence of violence in the region that has displaced thousands of people.

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