The Nigerian military has killed wanted bandit leaders, Alhaji Auta, and Kachalla Ruga, after they raids Zamfara Forest and village on New Year’s day.
According to PRNigeria, the notorious bandit commanders were killed inside Gusami Forest and Tsamre village in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of the state.
Multiple airstrikes by the NAF jet carried out the attack in the early hours of Saturday. They also eliminated Auta, and Ruga’s cohorts.
Note that Auta is allegedly notorious in the Birnin Magaji area of the state.
Sources in Zamfara government revealed that his men had inflicted untold hardship on the people of the area.
A source close to the government house said;
“Alhaji Auta, has been killed in an airstrike by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
“Many of his gang members were also eliminated during the operation around his camp located at Jama’are Bayan Dutchi, in NasarawaMailayi District of Zamfara on Saturday,”
Meanwhile, dozens of bandits who had converged at late Auta’s residence, for his burial were also struck by missiles of the military jet, with an unconfirmed number of terrorists killed in the process.
A military intelligence officer had told PRNigeria that follow-up airstrikes conducted by the NAF fighter aircraft on fleeing bandits and those who took cover under trees within the area, resulted in heavy casualties on the side of the criminals.
“For now, the whereabouts of other notorious bandits like Alhaji Nashama, Shingi and Halilu who may either be incapacitated or on the run remained unknown.”
The aggressive bombardments by NAF aircrafts he said have in recent times been precise and effective in hitting bandits’ enclaves, eliminating their leaderships and followers, in the process.
The source added;
“These operations have reassured citizens of the commitment and dedication of the military and other security agencies, towards bringing the threats posed by banditry under check, in no distant time.
“The citizens, especially around the affected communities, are enjoined to continually provide security agencies with credible information that will go a long way towards tackling the threats to their lives and livelihood.”