Nigerian soldiers under the newly-launched Operation Accord have killed no fewer than 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Kachia Forest, Kaduna State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Enenche said the success was recorded in a combined ground and air offensive conducted by troops of Operation Thunder Strike, under Operation Accord, in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and local Vigilantes in the area.
He said the offensive was sequel to a credible information on the bandits’ movements within the area.
Thereafter, troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun Local Government Area into the forest.
“Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.
“After the air interdiction, 70 bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries while exploitation operation is still being carried out by the troops in the forest.
“As a matter of security concern, people in this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces.
“This is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up,” he said.
Enenche further disclosed that troops of Operation Yaki, while blocking positions for Operation Accord at the outskirts of Kankomi village arrested two logistics suppliers to the bandits.
He said that items such as recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries were recovered.
“The Military High Command congratulates Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Yaki and Air Component of Operation Accord for their dexterity.
“The general public is requested to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in eliminating bandits and other criminal elements in the country,” he said.