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PHOTOS: Foreigners arrested as airstrikes bust bandit hideouts in Niger


tiamin rice

After successful airstrikes on bandits’ hideouts in Niger State, men of the Nigerian Police have arrested two foreign collaborators allegedly training and assisting the criminals terrorizing several communities in some local government areas in the state.

PRNigeria gathered that the two foreign criminals were arrested on Monday at Bangi, in Mariga Local Government Council of Nigeria.

A reliable source, who declined to give his name, disclosed that some bandits had launched an attack on villages in Kagara axis with the intent to rustle domestic animals and also maim innocent lives of residents.

“The NAF attack aircraft deployed for combat operation hotly chased the bandits and succeeded in neutralizing some of the criminals, during an aggressive air onslaught.

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“During the clearance operation, men of the Nigerian police were able to arrest the two foreign collaborators while they were fleeing with some of the injured bandits.

“The corpses of some of the killed bandits during the air and ground operations currently litter the area of the attacks,” the source said.

It was gathered that the arrested criminal foreigners are currently been profiled by security operatives to identify their nationality.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, confirmed the arrest of two foreign nationals following air strikes executed by the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIKI at Kasuwan Ango Community in Mariga Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

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According to him, the onslaught resulted in the disruption of the activities of a group of armed bandits operating in the area.

Mr Enenche said: “The successful air operations were conducted on the night of 28 and early hours of 29 June 2020 sequel to credible intelligence reports indicating that some armed bandits in black attire were seen on the move with a large number of rustled cattle in the area.

“Accordingly, the Air Component dispatched a helicopter gunship to engage the bandits in multiple waves of attack leading to the neutralization of some of the bandits, while a few escaped with gunshot wounds.

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“Two of the escaping bandits, who happened to be foreigners, were later apprehended.”

He said the Chief of the Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, therefore, commended the troops for their dedication and professionalism.

According to Mr Enenche, the Chief of Air Staff urged Nigerians to continue providing useful information that would facilitate the restoration of peace and security to all affected parts of the country.

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