Nigerian Air Force jets bombed the hideout of a notorious terrorist and arms runner, Mallam Ila in Manawa town, Shinkafi in Zamfara state on Saturday evening.
Mr. Ila, who hails from Manawa, is one of the most notorious arms runners in the Northern Zamfara and Eastern Sokoto axis.
Bello is expected to be the main supplier of arms and ammunition to Turji and Dankarami, the two most feared terrorists in the area.
He is said to have extensive connections in Niger Republic, which makes it easy for him to buy weapons and enter the country.
Manawa town is close to Fakai and Kware, two communities where Mr Turji has two houses. All communities are in the Shinkafi area.
A source in the Isa area of Sokoto, Basharu Guyawa, who is the coordinator of a human rights group, Tumanfa Adalci, said Mr. Ila was not killed in the attack, based on sources he spoke to.
“Yes, we heard about the attack. He escaped wounded, but his three lieutenants and several of the camp’s domestic animals were reduced to ashes.
Mr. Guyawa added that other notorious terrorists including Sani Black and Yellow Mainera who built a camp east of Manawa were also affected by the airstrikes.
“They weren’t even around during the attacks, but their fighters and domestic animals were burned,” he said.
NAF spokesman Edward Gabkwet confirmed the airstrikes PRNigeriaa safety niche an online news outlet.
“The NAF and other security agencies remain on track to end the ongoing anti-terrorism effort once and for all.
“We appeal to Nigerians to continue to assist the security agencies with information on the activities of criminal elements as it requires the involvement of all to resolve the current security situation,” added Mr. Gabkwet, an Air Commodore.
The terrorists, who are known locally as bandits, have been attacking communities in parts of the North West and North Central. Zamfara is the worst situation in the region.
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