The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) claimed that several terrorists were killed when its aircraft struck two terrorist locations in the North East and North West and a terrorist staging area.
However, according to a statement from Air Cadre Edward Gabkwet, chief of information and public relations, there was no evidence that the terrorist leaders had been killed in the attacks.
He said air strikes against terrorists have increased as a result of the aerial components of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ (OPHD) in the North West and ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in North East Nigeria.
The statement said rebels, terrorists and other criminal elements operating in the two regions do not pose a serious threat to the safety of innocent residents due to the efforts of air, land and other security services.
He alleged that on November 1, 2023, the OPHD Air Component carried out a number of successful airstrikes in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State in the Northwest, targeting the lair of a known terrorist leader named Babaru.
Babaru has been linked to several incidents of banditry and terrorism in Kankara and surrounding LGAs of Katsina State.
He said that on February 2, 2023, more than a hundred people from Gidan Gari and Yarmai-Yadiya villages in Bakori LGA were massacred. This massacre was carried out by the terror mastermind.
“The airstrikes destroyed Babaru’s hideout and eliminated several terrorists, although there was no confirmation whether Babaru was among those neutralized,” he said.
According to the director, the airstrikes were also carried out on the terrorist leader’s enclave, known as Mai Solar, in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.
“The airstrikes took out clusters of enclaves used as hideouts by the kingpin and his cohorts at the location. It was a successful attack as few survivors were observed fleeing the scene of the attack. There is no confirmation whether Mai Solar was among the terrorists eliminated.”
Furthermore, on November 3, 2023, the air component of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) carried out precise airstrikes that resulted in the deaths of several terrorists at their meeting point close to Degbawa, a remote area in the Mandara Mountains in Goza local government. area of Borno State.
He added that intelligence had indicated that certain prominent terrorists and their foot soldiers had been spotted approaching the location for what was likely to be a meeting, and that this is why the airstrikes had been authorized.
“Their gathering in large numbers raised concerns, necessitating the need for an air ban on the site, with devastating consequences for the terrorists. An assessment of the site after the attack revealed that several terrorists had indeed been eliminated.”