A combined ground-and-air attack on the Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis in Kaduna State’s Birnin Gwari Local Government Area resulted in the deaths of nearly 50 bandits.
Samuel Aruwan, the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, revealed the information on Tuesday, October 19.
A Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support for ground forces moving from Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis, according to operational report to Kaduna State Government from the Command of Joint Operations, he said.
Bandits on five motorbikes were discovered preparing to attack ground troops approximately 4km east of Saulawa, according to the report. The helicopter gunship pounded them mercilessly, and many died as a result.
“Following this, an estimated 50 armed motorcycle gangs fled towards Farin Ruwa before being shot down by the gunship. Ground troops snatched the last of the evacuees.
Many more fleeing bandits were killed by precision hits when a second helicopter gunship joined the operation.”. According to the results of the investigation, the combined operation was successful in neutralizing more than 50 bandits.
According to the governor’s office, he was pleased with the operation’s results, commending ground soldiers as well as airstrike crews on the victory. He exhorted them to keep up the good work and hunt down as many bandits as possible.”