Nigerian military kills 45 bandit leaders, fighters in Zamfara forest

The military has eliminated three notorious kingpins behind armed banditry in Zamfara State.

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aerial operation targeted the base of the gang leaders and their foot soldiers at Kuyanbana forest.

About 45 bandits died in the airstrikes, an intelligence officer disclosed.

The commanders and others were discovered to have massed at areas including Habu Nabayye, Isuhu Sadi and Murtala Danmaje.

Locals say the sustained offensives by the Armed Forces have pushed back the criminals.

A similar operation was carried out last week in Niger State by the air and ground components of Operation Gama Aiki (OPGA).

NAF deployed AgustaWestland AW109 and Eurocopter EC135 gunships for the two-day assault on the bandits’ hideouts.

The operation followed intelligence on camps at the Jasuwan Garba-Urege axis of the state.