Kaduna State Government said over 50 bandits have been killed during a combined ground and air assault in the Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
The State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
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According to him, a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis.
He said following extensive scans, bandits were spotted on five motorcycles, about 4km East of Saulawa, waiting to ambush the ground forces.
The statement added, “They were engaged vigorously by the helicopter gunship, and were wiped out. After this, armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa, and were struck effectively by the gunship. Fleeing remnants were mopped up by ground forces.
“A second helicopter gunship joined the operations, and many more fleeing bandits were neutralised by precise strikes.
“Assessment revealed that more than 50 bandits were neutralised during the joint operation.”