NAF jet kills kidnap syndicates in Kaduna

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its fighter jet under the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch has eliminated a syndicate of terrorists in Kaduna State.


NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, who made the disclosure, said the strike followed an intelligence report of the movement of the syndicate along the Kwiga-Kampamin Doka axis in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

He 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.

Gabkwet, in a statement, said “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 to Component Commander but cautioned that efforts must be sustained.”

According to him, “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.”


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