Over 30 kidnappers killed!

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*No fewer than 30 kidnappers on 15 motorcycles have been killed in Kaduna

*They were killed in an air strike along Kwiga-Kampanin Doka axis in Birnin Gwari LGA

*NAF says strike followed intelligence received on movement of criminals along the axis

*Reveals that same syndicate was responsible for ambush on troops at Kwanan Muntuwa on Jan 27

By Emmanuel Obisue

The Nigeria Air Force, NAF has revealed that its Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch has eliminated no fewer than 30 terrorists and kidnappers in an air strike along Kwiga-Kampanin Doka axis in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Disclosing this in a statement issued on Monday, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet said, “the intel also revealed that the same syndicate was responsible for the ambush on troops at Kwanan Mutuwa on 27 January 2024 as well as several attacks and abduction of innocent civilians in Birnin Gwari”.

“On arrival at the suspected location, a deliberate and detailed scan revealed a trail of terrorists sighted moving in a convoy of about 15 motorcycles, each with at least 2 armed terrorists.

“Accordingly, the terrorists were trailed to a location where they converged before they were engaged and neutralized in a precision strike. The aftermath of the air strike revealed that several of the terrorists were eliminated as a result of the strike.

“The success of this particular strike has drawn the attention of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, who has commended the Component Commander but cautioned that efforts must be sustained,” the statement added.

The NAF spokesman quoted the NAF Chief as saying: “While this does not call for celebration on our part, I must commend the professionalism of the crew for patiently trailing the criminals until an appropriate opportunity to strike presented itself. We must keep pushing and striving”.