Andrew Orolua, Abuja
The Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has neutralized no fewer than 10 armed bandits at Sububu Forest area in Zamfara State.
This was achieved on Monday , April 22, 2019, while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of Sector 7 Area of Responsibility of Operation SHARAN DAJI, who came into contact with armed bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA).
Accordingly, the ATF dispatched 2 Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to provide the needed support and also conduct armed reconnaissance over identified locations in Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu and Dumburum forests and environs.
At Sububu forest, one of the Alpha Jets spotted a group of armed bandits, who fired at the aircraft with their rifles, whilst running for cover.
The Alpha Jet engaged the bandits, neutralizing no fewer than 10 of them while others escaped with injuries.
NAF is working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies to sustain operations and to flush the bandits out of the Northwest of the Country.