5th December, 2022
Seven wanted terrorists with base in Zamfara State have been killed in a series of airstrikes by Nigerian Air force jets at Alhaji Ganai, Buhari New location and Dogon Maikaji areas, all in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Quoting an intelligence operative, PRNigeria said that the operation which resulted in the killing of the wanted terrorists were undertaken by the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch
Those killed in the air strikes include Jibrin Gurgu, Isah Jauro and Tambowal from Zamfara State.
Other kingpins eliminated are Noti, Bala, Yunusa and Burti who was a well-known associate of another sought-after terrorist, Haladu Buharin Yadi.
“Recall that the strikes became necessary sequel to credible intelligence from reliable sources on heightened terrorists’ activities in the general area.
“Consequently, the strikes were authorized on 1 December 2022. Follow up air interdiction missions were carried out against terrorists and enclaves in Tsofa and Riyawa in Igabi and Birnin Gwari LGA in Kaduna State,” the operative was quoted as saying.
The operative added that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties from the ‘hell’ rained on them.
He said: “These air strikes have since been corroborated by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security, Sam Aruwan, when in a press release on 2 December 2022 he stated that military air strikes identified and dislodged 8 terrorists camp while freeing 10 kidnapped victims in the process”.
PRNigeria also quoted Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, spokesperson for NAF as confirming the airstrikes.
He thanked Nigerians for the support they have been giving to their NAF and other security agencies, which have been instrumental to the successes the Nigerian military has recorded against terrorists, lately.
According to him, “The return of Internally Displaced Persons to their ancestral homes and the surrendering of over 10,000 terrorists, and members of their families, especially in the last 3 months in Borno State, as well as the ability of Nigerians to freely travel on the Kaduna -Abuja Road, and other hitherto dangerous routes are some of the signs that the efforts of the security agencies are indeed, yielding some positive outcomes.