Seven notorious terrorists, under the leadership of members of Mallam Ila, have been neutralized by Nigerian Air Force (NAF, aircraft under “Operation Hadarin Daji.”
The strikes, carried out in support of efforts to rid the North-West of Nigeria of terrorist activities, took place over the weekend at the terrorist enclave, which is located about 9 kilometers east of Manawa Village in Zamfara State’s Shinkafi Local Government Area.
After the air strike on the location, multiple explosions were observed with huge fireballs, indicative of other highly inflammable materials hidden in the location.
Battle damage assessment confirmed that seven terrorists were eliminated, while Mallam Ila narrowly escaped but sustained critical injuries.
Military authorities said that Mallam Ila remains a high-value target due to his closeness and association with terrorist leaders Bello Turji and Dan Bokoyo.
Ila, Turji, and Bokoyo’s foot soldiers have also been responsible for attacks in Shinkafi’s general area of Zamfara State, as well as parts of Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, and Sokoto States.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed the strikes and maintained that “strikes on key terrorists and their hideouts continue until all areas are rid of enemies of the state.”
According to him, “the NAF and other security agencies remain on track to see the ongoing counterterrorism effort to a conclusive end.”
Also, the enclave of another terrorist group, under the leadership of Alhaji Ganai, is in Kidandan, Giwa LGA, Kaduna state.
Confirming the assault, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement, added that the hideout of bandit Ali Kawaje in Birnin Gwari LGA was similarly targeted and destroyed, as were those of bandits Musa Pajelo and Kachalla Bello.
Targets were also engaged and destroyed in the Walawa area, Fadaman Kanauta, and Kuduru. Bandits were sighted and neutralized in locations 4 km southwest of Alhaji Ishiaka, 6 km northeast of Maguzawa, and 2 km west of Yelwa.