A terrorist kingpin, Ali Dogo, a.k.a Yellow, and 30 of his fighters have been killed in airstrikes executed by the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch over the weekend at a location in Kaduna State.
A report by PRNigeria quoted a defence intelligence source as saying that Yellow and his fighters had fled from Niger State to one Alhaji Gwarzo’s house at Yadi in Giwa local government area of Kaduna State for safety.
He said Yellow fled following continued NAF aircraft bombardment on his location in Niger State.
“Unfortunately for Yellow and his fighters, while they were having a meeting, NAF aircraft struck Alhaji Gwarzo’s house leaving everybody in the building neutralised including Yellow.”
“Following credible intelligence of terrorist leaders and their foot soldiers converging under tree covers at the location for a meeting, the location was struck with several terrorists killed,” he added.
The Director of NAF Public Relations, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who confirmed the airstrikes said, “The Air Component will continue to sustain offensive operations against these criminal elements in collaboration with the Land Component and other security agencies to rid the Joint Operations Area and indeed the entire Northwest of terrorism and other acts of criminality.”
He added that, “In keeping to the directive of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, to NAF operational Commanders that terrorists and their likes are denied hiding places, all the Air Component Commanders are on their toes to ensure they keep and meet up with the directive.”
Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; Editing by Tony Okerafor