In the Kaduna state’s Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, thirty terrorists on motorcycles were slain by the military air component of Operation Whirl Punch.
The military launched the airstrikes in response to an information tip that revealed the terrorists’ movements in the region.
According to a statement released on Monday by Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information, the eliminated terrorists were also accountable for multiple attacks and the kidnapping of innocent residents in the LGA, in addition to the recent ambush on troops at Kwanan Mutuwa.
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“The Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch has eliminated a syndicate in its relentless campaign to rid the Northwest and North Central region of Nigeria of the menace of terrorism and kidnapping,” the statement stated.
The syndicate’s movement in the Kwiga-Kampamin Doka corridor in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State was reported by intelligence, which prompted the strike.
“The intelligence also showed that the same syndicate was behind multiple attacks and kidnappings of innocent civilians in Birnin Gwari, as well as the ambush on troops at Kwanan Mutuwa on January 27, 2024.”
He continued by saying that two armed terrorists on fifteen motorcycles were seen when the troops got at the scene.
According to Gabkwet, a precise hit was carried out, eliminating the
“A deliberate and detailed scan upon arrival at the suspected location revealed a trail of terrorists sighted moving in a convoy of about 15 motorcycles, each with at least two armed terrorists,” the speaker stated.
In light of this, the terrorists were tracked to a point where they gathered before being targeted and destroyed in a targeted attack. Following the airstrike, it became evident that a number of the terrorists had been destroyed.
One of the Kaduna districts devastated by insecurity, leading to resident deaths and kidnappings, is Birin Gwari.