Andrew Orolua, Abuja
Air Task Force (ATF) of the Nigerian Air Force attached to Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has destroyed some logistics’ stores belonging to bandits at a location within Kagara Forest, in Zamfara State.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja, said the air operation was conducted on Saturday.
“The operation was executed on Saturday April 13, following credible intelligence reports indicating that some of the bandits who had fled their camps as a result of NAF’s earlier air strikes had relocated some logistics items, including fuel, motorcycles and local arms making equipment to another location within Kagara Forest.
“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched an Mi-35 helicopter gunship, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, to attack the target which initially appeared as uninhabited area.
“However, as the helicopter approached, some of the bandits were seen emerging from under the shrubbery and running away from the area,” he said.
Daramola said the helicopter engaged the target recording successful hits on the logistics facility, which was engulfed in flames with thick black smoke seen. He said some bandits, who fired at the aircraft, were taken out by the helicopter.
“Reports from independent sources, including local informants and village leaders around the general area, later confirmed that the logistics base was totally destroyed and four bandits killed as a result of the attack,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said it had lost an airman in a parachuting accident in Kaduna.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola confirmed the incident in Abuja.
According to him, “NAF is sad to announce the passing of one of its airmen, Corporal Meshach Iliya Komo, who died in Kaduna today, April 14 2019, in a parachuting accident during recurrence training.
“On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late airman over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest,” he stated.