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More than 50 bandits neutralized in a joint attack by the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force.

The Nigerian Army in a joint attack with the Nigerian Air Force have recorded a huge success in its fight against banditry and insurgency in Kaduna State following the neutralization of more than fifty bandits in Birnin Gwari area of the State.

This was confirmed by the commissioner of internal security and home affairs of the State, Samuel Aruwan.

According to the commissioner, "over fifty bandits have been neutralized during a combined ground and air assault in the Saulawa Farina-Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari local government area of the state"

"According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government from the command of the joint Operations, a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis"

"After extensive scans, bandits were spotted on five motorcycles, about 4km east of Saulawa, waiting to ambush the ground forces. They were engaged vigorously by the helicopter gunship and we're wiped out. However, after this , armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa and we're struck effectively by the gunship. Fleeing remnants were mopped up by ground forces".

"A second helicopter gunship joined the operations and many more fleeing bandits were neutralized by precise strikes. Assessment revealed that more than 50 bandits were neutralized during the joint Operation".

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, has expressed satisfaction at the operational feedback and congratulated the ground troops and the gunship crews on the rout. He urged them to sustain the momentum and not relent in the fight against insecurity and banditry.

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