Air Force Kills Two Notorious Bandit Leaders, Several Others In Zamfara

Channels Television  
Updated January 2, 2022
A map of Zamfara in northwest Nigeria.


The Nigerian Air Force has killed two notorious bandit leaders, Alhaji Auta, and Kachalla Ruga, following an air raid of a forest in Zamfara State.

Sources revealed that the notorious bandit leaders were killed after a NAF aircraft, under Operation Hadarin Daji, acted on credible intelligence, and bombarded their enclaves at Gusami Forest and Tsamre Village in Birnin Magaji local government area of the state last Friday night.

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According to the sources, multiple airstrikes by the NAF jet, which were carried out in the early hours of Saturday have also led to the death of several other bandits.

Another source told Channels TV that some bandits were also killed by the military jet when they went to retrieve the body of the bandits’ leader Alhaji Auta from the scene of bombardment.

Residents believe that if this level of action is sustained and other local political actors key into working for peace, Zamfara State and the entire northwest region will be restored to the “peaceful region” it once used to be.

This comes two days after bandits attacked Gada community in Bungudu Local Government Area of the state, killing the District Head of Gada, Umaru Bawan-Allah, and his two sons.

Confirming the attack to Channels Television, the Commissioner for Information in Zamfara, Ibrahim Dosara, had revealed that the bandits also razed down the house of the district head of the community.

An indigene of the community, who witnessed the attack, also told Channels Television that the assailants invaded the area in the early hours of Wednesday last week and unleashed mayhem on the residents.

According to him, the armed men abducted many others from Gada, a community which is about seven kilometres from Bungudu town, the headquarters of the local government.