Terrorists’ camps at Ilela village, Katsina, controlled by bandit commanders, Gwaska Dankarami and Alhaji Abdulkarami, have come under NAF airstrikes and the two high-calibre terrorists have eliminated among others.
The bandits recently carried out a series of attacks around Safana and Dan Musa Local Government areas leading to the aerial counter-attack by the the Operation Hadari Daji
At least a dozen locals were killed in the Illela massacre; many others were injured.
The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform revealed scores of insurgents around hills 1.5 kilometer south of Ilela and Rubu villages, according to military sources.
“Further scrutiny revealed terrorists on 19 motorcycles riding along multiple tracks leading into a cave within the rocky hills.
“A fighter jet and helicopter gunship ensured maximum casualty on the bandits and destroyed their enclaves”, an intelligence officer told PRNigeria.
Another operative disclosed that 43 bodies were counted, including that of Alhaji Shingy, a brother of killed bandit leader Auta.
Weapons, logistics, motorcycles, among others, were demolished during the offensive.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet confirmed that the operation was successful.
Katsina has been facing consistent attacks by bandits that recently start fanning across the northwest.