The Military High Command said that it had conducted a joint clearance operation, involving troops of Operations Thunder Strike and Whirl Punch with air support from the Air Component of Operation Gama Aiki, at suspected bandits’ hideouts around Mashigi Galbi, Damba Community and Kabarasha Villlages all in Gwagwada District of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, as part of its continued operations to rid Kaduna State of armed bandits and other criminal elements.
It also disclosed that seventeen armed bandits were sent to early grave, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds, during the joint operation and air bombardment.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche in a statement said 3 empty houses and a church building were partially damaged at Kabarasha village, in the course of pursuing the bandits, adding that there was no civilian casualty.
He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria regrets the unfortunate incident, saying a panel has been set up to investigate the occurrence in liaison with the Kaduna State Government.
According to the statement, “The buildings have been identified with a view to providing adequate compensation to the owners. Meanwhile, calm has been restored to the area. Few people, who initially fled the area due to fear of bandits’ reprisal attack, have all returned to the community.
The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby reassure the general public that it will continue to work assiduously to restore peace and security to the North West”.
General Enenche however, expressed the gratitude of Armed Forces of Nigeria to the public for their support and cooperation, while encouraging them to continue to provide credible information that will facilitate the operations of the military.