The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Wednesday said its Special Forces had “neutralised’’ two bandits, secured Rafi and Doka villages in Zamfara State.
Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja and said that the operation that led to the development was conducted on Tuesday.
Mr Daramola, an air-commodore, explained that the operation was in response to reports that high profile bandits were gathering around communities of Mada District in Gusau Local Government Area, which is under Area of Responsibility (AOR) of 207 Quick Response Group (207 QRG).
According to him, a Nigerian Air Force Special Forces, SF, Team was dispatched to the area on Tuesday to secure the two settlements and thwart the bandits’ plans.
“On arrival at the location, the NAF team encountered resistance in the form of heavy gunfire from the bandits.
“However, the brave SF personnel employed superior tactics to outlast the bandits, who were soon low on ammunition, before engaging and overpowering them.
“Two bandits were neutralised in the process while others fled with gunshot wounds.
“Since then, the SF Team has been conducting aggressive patrols in the area, especially the fringes of the forest, to forestall any reprisal attack,” he said.
Mr Daramola said NAF, with other security agencies would sustain the operations to flush the bandits out of the North-West.