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Nigerian Military Conducts Multiple Airstrikes Against Terrorists In Katsina

Nigeria’s military joint operation ‘Hadarin Daji’ conducted multiple airstrikes against armed groups in terror camps in Katsina, Northwest Nigeria.

According to a statement by Major General John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations said: “the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has destroyed some armed bandits’ camps in a forest in Katsina State, south of Birnin Kogo along the Katsina-Zamfara boundary area”.

The airstrikes were conducted on 15 June 2020, as part of missions under the subsidiary operation ACCORD after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that some huts in the area were being used as camps by armed GROUPS led by one “Adamu Aleiro”.

The statement added that “the air component dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft and helicopter gunships to engage the area, leading to the destruction of 3 of the targeted camps, some of which was seen engulfed in flames. Several of the criminals were also neutralized in the process.”

The military stepped up aerial bombardment of camps inhabited by armed groups after a resurgence of terror and violence, particularly in Katsina, Niger and Sokoto states.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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