Scores of bandits including one leader have been killed following military airstrikes on Boko Haram enclaves within Katsina State.
In a statement on Thursday, Defense Spokesman, Major General Benard Onyeuko, said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji within the period under review conducted several operations at different locations, all of which yielded positive results geared at ousting the terrorists.
Some of the areas include Manya Village in Anka Local Government Area, Gidan Wanzamai village, Babege village in Maru Local Government Area, Mada, Tudun Wada, Butsa and South Rafi in Gusau Local Government Area, Kaura Namoda, Getawa, Ungwan Kade, Ahole, and Totsari villages in Zamfara State. Others are Magamar Village, Feru in Jibia Local Government Area, Guga Village in Bakori Local Government Area, Yantumaki, Kaiga in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State.
General Onyeuko noted that the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji conducted airstrikes on Boko Haram enclaves at Magama Village, Tsaunin Babare village, and Tsamben Babare village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State where a notorious bandit leader, one Mallam Dogo Umaru, and scores of his foot soldier were neutralized.
He stressed that cumulatively, these operations resulted in the recovery of 10 AK 47 rifles, 100 rounds of 6.2mm ammunition, 20 motorcycles, 40 herds of rustled cows, 50 rams. Troops also rescued 10 kidnapped civilians, arrested 10 bandits, and neutralized 10 bandits. According to General Onyeuko, all arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities.