Many terrorists have been killed by Nigerian Air Force during raids at Birnin Gwari, Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State.
The State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the details of the operation were communicated to the state government by security agencies.
Aruwan said the Nigerian Air Force, in continuing air patrols in Kaduna state, reported several bandits killed and camps destroyed in the latest round of operations.
The official said the latest air patrols identified and attacked an active site in the general area of Kasarami in Chikun local government.
Aruwan said the latest round of operations by security forces targeted and destroyed the residence of a notorious terrorist gang leader, Alhaji Lawan.
However, it is not clear if the terrorist leader was killed during the operation.
“A bandit camp was similarly hit with rockets and destroyed in Kofita and Kuyanbana Forest in Birnin Gwari LGA. (the kuyanbana forest transverse to Zamfara state).
More camps in Kuduru and Gonan Baturiya were also attacked and destroyed, and the terrorists were killed about four kilometers west of Nabango.
“While conducting armed surveillance around the Karshi, Kerala and Walawa axes of Igabi and Giwa council areas, bandits were sighted almost six kilometers southwest of Kerala and promptly eliminated.
“Close air support was provided to troops conducting clearing operations around Ligarma, Igabi LGA. During this mission, the house of a known bandit leader, Alhaji Lawan, was attacked and destroyed by rockets.
“Crews maintained a presence overhead as ground troops cleared terrorist enclaves in the area, the official’s statement said.
Meanwhile, Aruwan said an armed reconnaissance was carried out along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and railway lines, with no suspicious activity observed.
“The Kaduna State Government received the report with appreciation and warmly commended the crews and staff for the sustained effectiveness of the operations. Ground and air patrols will continue in these and other general areas,” Aruwan said.