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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

Airstrikes: Over 80 terrorists killed, 45 motorcycles destroyed in Katsina

Airstrikes: Over 80 terrorists killed, 45 motorcycles destro

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, announced that more than 80 terrorists were killed in recent air strikes conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji in Gidan Kare Village, Ruwan Godiya Ward, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

According to a statement released on Monday by AVM Edward Gabkwet, the NAF's Director of Public Relations and Information, the air strikes were executed on the night of June 15.

These strikes also resulted in the destruction of over 45 motorcycles used by the terrorists.

The operation was initiated following intelligence reports indicating that over 100 terrorists were engaged in burning houses in a settlement approximately five kilometres from Gidan Kare Village.

As NAF aircraft approached the village around 8:30 p.m., they observed several homes on fire and widespread chaos among the villagers.

Gabkwet detailed the events leading to the strikes: “At around 8:30 p.m., multiple structures were seen ablaze, and the village was in turmoil. Soon after, 12 motorcycles were spotted leaving the area and were tracked along a footpath to a location near Gidan Kare Village and Kuka Shidda Camp. Here, they regrouped with a larger contingent of terrorists.”

He further explained that additional terrorists were seen converging from various directions at this location, suggesting that it served as a rallying point for planning further attacks on nearby villages.

The successful air strikes underscore the ongoing efforts by NAF and Operation Hadarin Daji to combat terrorism and restore security in the region.

“Having been presented such a rare opportunity, authorisation was sought, obtained, and the location was immediately struck at exactly 9:40 p.m., with over 80 terrorists confirmed eliminated and about 45 motorcycles burnt down, while few surviving terrorists were observed fleeing or limping off.

“Further intelligence received after the strike also revealed that the terrorists were closely linked with notorious terrorist kingpin, Yusuf Yellow and his close associate Rabe Imani.

“These strikes, along with others before now, have no doubt disrupted terrorist activities in the area,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, had commended the efforts of the air component as well as other security agencies in diminishing the capabilities of terrorist elements in the North West.

The CAS made the commendation when he fête the air component at 213 Forward Operating Base, Katsina on Monday.

He said the successes of the air component in synergy with other security agencies had continued to contribute to security within the region.

He urged them not to relent in their efforts and dedication to the fight against terrorism and all forms of criminality in Nigeria.

Abubakar had inaugurated some airfield facilities, such as the new taxiway link, operations and engineering building, and the new sports complex.

He said the airfield facilities would no doubt ensure air operations, especially within the Northwest, are more effective and efficient.


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