Nigeria Air Force (NAF) jets have bombed the hideouts of Nigerien bandit leader, Maliki Shrige and his fighters.
The gang members were eliminated at the South Jaja community in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara State.
Shrige led a group that severely attacked border areas and villagers in Zamfara and Katsina in the Northwest.
The terrorist kingpin migrated to South Jaja and established new enclaves earlier in the year.
The relocation followed the annihilation of terrorists in a NAF operation on February 17 at Doumborou forest in Zamfara.
Shimfida locals had revealed that invasions of their domain increased since the presence of Shrige and his men.
A surveillance aircraft deployed confirmed significant terrorists’ activities in and out of multiple huts with solar panels.
The terrorists were found riding on motorbikes along tracks leading into the locations they sheltered.
The footage corroborated information received by the people residing in locations attacked.
On July 13, the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji dispatched jets armed with rockets and bombs in an air Interdiction mission.
“On arrival, scores of terrorists were spotted within the huts and motorcycles were seen moving in. The location was decisively engaged.
“Maliki Shrige and his cohorts suffered casualties as about 45 terrorists were neutralised and their logistics demolished”, a military officer told PRNigeria.