By Lawrence Audu
Over 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers terrorising communities of Southern Kaduna have been killed with scores wounded in a combined ground and air offensive on 5 June 2020, by troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under Operation ACCORD in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes in Kachia forests.
Confirming the operation in a statement, the Coordinator Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche said the combine troops conducted a clearance patrol to Kachia Forest where the armed bandits amd cattle rustlers where neutralised following a timely and credible information on the bandits’ movement within the area.
“Troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest.
“Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships. After the air interdiction, seventy (70) bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries. The troops are exploiting the forest. Details to follow as they unfold.” He added.
General Enenche called on the residents in the general area to as a matter of security concern, report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces to ensure that the escapees are mopped up.
Relatedly, troops of Operation YAKI in blocking positions for Operation ACCORD at outskirts of Kankomi village apprehended 2 bandits’ logistics suppliers. Items recovered include: recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries.