NAF Kills Terrorists, Destroys Camps In Niger

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• Destroy 18 illegal refining sites, 3 loaded Cotonou boats in Niger Delta

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has struck terrorists who attacked and killed six soldiers in Shiroro, Niger State and destroyed their hideouts.

This is just as airstrikes against economic saboteurs in the Niger Delta region destroyed 18 illegal refining sites and three loaded Cotonou boats.

A statement by NAF’s Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet said the airstrikes were carried out on 27 April, 2024 by the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch after intelligence revealed cluster of huts used by the terrorists.

AVM Gabkwet said the airstrikes were targeted at terrorists’ hideouts in Shiroro local government area (LGA) where he noted that the strikes were executed at the stronghold of notorious terrorist kingpin, Mallam Umar and several other commanders located in the Alawa Forest area.

“The strikes conducted were sequel to extensive Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations in the targeted area, revealing clusters of huts within compounds amidst dense vegetation, with significant presence of armed terrorists loitering around the vicinity.

Also, painstaking intelligence earlier gathered had confirmed that these same terrorists were responsible for the recent attacks on ground troops at Bassa Community as well as multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) incidences along the Pandogari-Alawa Road within the same LGA,” he said.

The NAF spokesman added that the Air Component promptly deployed its air assets to decisively eliminate the terrorists, resulting in effective and maximum damage to the targets.

The statement said a post-strike Battle Damage Assessment later confirmed the killing of several terrorists and the destruction of their hideouts, “with positive consequences on their ability to attack surface forces as well as innocent civilians within the area.”

Gabkwet said similar airstrikes were launched the same day in the Niger Delta region against economic saboteurs and oil thieves bent on illegally siphoning crude oil from mutilated pipelines, while destroying the environment and ecosystems.

He said surveillance over Ke, Egbema, Akaso Krakama, Krikama and Military Council Valley revealed retinue of illegal refining sites which were effectively destroyed by the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe.

The team also struck a Cotonou boat fully loaded with crude oil product at Akaso Krakama while preparing to depart southwards.

He further added that the strikes at Krikama destroyed several cooking sites.

“In all, 18 illegal refining sites and three Cotonou boats were destroyed,” Gabkwet said.

He emphasised that the airstrikes have substantially weakened the potency of terrorist elements in the North-West and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region to continually constitute a security threat to the well-being of the nation and its citizenry.


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