Scores of bandits were killed following the aerial bombardment by the air component of Operation Whirl Punch of the Nigerian Air Force at the Sabon Layi village in the Birinin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Wednesday.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the military operation started around 9:44am on Wednesday when the ministry received a distressed call that Sabon Layi village in Birnin Gwari LG, was under heavy attack by bandits.
He said the air component of Operation Whirl Punch was immediately contacted for action, and the unit responded promptly to the location.
According to the commissioner, scores of the fleeing hoodlums were neutralised by the airstrikes during the military operation.
He said the bandits had been shooting, rustling cattle, looting properties and committing other heinous crimes and creating panic among residents.
Aruwan said, “Immediately, the air component of Operation Whirl Punch was contacted for action, and the unit responded promptly to the location.
“On arrival at Sabon Layi, a thorough scan revealed normal human activities at the reported location. However, about four kilometers north of Sabon Layi village, the bandits were sighted fleeing for cover from the aircraft. They were engaged and neutralised in several passes.
“No further movement was observed after the strike. The aircraft sustained its presence overhead before withdrawing.”
The commissioner also quoted the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, to have hailed the gallantry of the military in successfully neutralising the bandits during the operation.
“While the government awaits a formal report on the initial attack in Sabon Layi village, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has praised the air component for the prompt action, and conveyed his gratitude to the military for neutralising the fleeing bandits,” he added.