Several terrorists have been killed in an attack by a Nigerian Air Force in Giwa, Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
The state commissioner, Ministry of Homeland Security and Internal Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said details of the operation had been reported to the state government by the security agencies.
Mr. Aruwan said the Nigerian Air Force conducted aerial patrols along flashpoints in identified bandit enclaves.
According to the official, in Kawara area of Igabi local government area, they struck an identified bandit location.
Three bandits were confirmed dead in the strikes, while some of the kidnapped victims were able to escape from the general area, later confirmed by credible human intelligence sources on the ground.
Also, Mr Aruwan said an active location in Walawa, Giwa council area was targeted and hit successfully.
He said armed surveillance was carried out in Faka, Kang Kadi, Damba, Ungwan Turai, Galbi, Gwagwada and surrounding areas in Chikun local government area. The terrorists were spotted 4 kilometers northwest of Godani and killed.
In Kudur, they saw an active terrorist location and hit it with rockets, he added.
In Igabi local government area, operations were conducted in Riyawa, Alhaji Isiaka, Rima, Riyawa, Rumana, Ungwan Liman, Mai Gishiri and Kaduna airport area with no major activity. A similar situation prevailed in Sabon Birnin, Annaba, Malumi, Wusono and Kerala, Mr Aruwan said.
“The air patrols also covered the Kaduna-Abuja road and railway, as well as Jere, Katari, Olam Farms, Gwagwada, Sarkin Pawa, Abulo, Mangoro, Chikwale and environs. Normal human and vehicular activity was observed, with no threat found.
“The Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road and adjacent areas were equally covered: Buruku, Labi, Udawa, Manini and Polewire to Kajuru, Jaka da Rabi and Maguzawa.
“Regular activities were observed during aerial patrols across Kajuru, Kankomi, Kultura, Kuzo, Ungwan Magami and Ruga areas.
“The governor of Kaduna State was grateful for the feedback and commended the fighter crews for their accuracy and consistency in their aerial missions.
“Ground and air patrols will continue in these and other places,” said the officer.
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