Air strike kills more terrorists in Kaduna
The Kaduna state government on Sunday disclosed that the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch has continued aerial assaults on identified bandit enclaves around the state, killing several terrorists in an air strike.
Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement said according to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, a major enclave south of Kidandan, Giwa local government area which was confirmed as the hideout of a bandit Alhaji Ganai, was struck and destroyed.
The statement explained further that the hideout of bandit Ali Kawaje in Birnin Gwari LGA was also targeted and destroyed, as well as those of bandits Musa Pajelo and Kachalla Bello.
Aruwan added that targets were also engaged and destroyed in the Walawa area, Fadaman Kanauta, and Kuduru as bandits were sighted and neutralised in locations 4km southwest of Alhaji Ishiaka, 6km northeast of Maguzawa, and 2km west of Yelwa.
The commissioner said several bandits were sighted and neutralised at Dankero, Giwa LGA.
The statement read in part: “Areas covered in Chikun LGA include Gwagwada Forest, Kugosi, Godani, Twali, Gwagwada, Sarkin Pawa, Kabai, Kabusu Hills, Amara Hills, Sabon Gayan and Polewire. An active location was engaged and destroyed about 4km south of Godani.
“Furthermore, armed reconnaissance was carried out over Rima, Riyawa, Rumana, the Kaduna Airport area and adjoining locations in Igabi LGA.
“Other areas covered by aerial patrols include Galadimawa, Kidandan, Dogon Dawa, Saulawa, Maidaro, Maganda, Goron Dutse, Sararai, Kushaka, Kuriga, Manini, Kuduru, Yelwa and Sabon Birni, spanning Birnin Gwari, Giwa and Igabi LGAs.”
It further added: “Reconnaissance continued along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, Buruku, Kurmin Dande, Damba, Ungwan Yako, Udawa, Gagafada, and Kamfanin Doka.
“The aerial missions extended to the Kaduna-Abuja Road and Railway, including Jaka da Rabi, Olam Farms, Rijana, Katari and Jere. Normal human and vehicular activities were observed. The same was the case in Hanawanka, Kukoki, Kadaga, Durumi, Pongu Geri and Kundu.
“Fighter jets maintained a presence over Ungwan Madaki in Kamazou, Chikun LGA. Kutura, Iburu, Kajuru, Kachia and Kankomi were also covered,” the statement read.
However, Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the security report with gratitude and praised the fighter crews for their thoroughness and consistency.