The air component of Operation Whirl Punch conducted an air operation in Kaduna State’s Igabi Local Government Area, resulting in the death of multiple terrorists.
The operation was triggered by intelligence indicating the presence of a terrorist leader named Boderi and his accomplices at the location.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information for the Nigerian Air Force, announced in a statement on Sunday that the air operations had been successful.
As a result, the service planned to carry out another operation targeted at Boderi’s brother.
Both brothers were responsible for numerous attacks on communities in the state and surrounding areas.
He said, “Nigerian Air Force aircraft under Operation Whirl Punch have sustained air strikes against terrorists operating in the North-West and North Central region of the country, leading to the decimation of several terrorist elements at Tsauni Doka at Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The strikes became necessary following credible intelligence revealed the presence of a terrorist kingpin known as Boderi and his foot soldiers at Tsauni Doka.
“Subsequently, air strikes were carried out on the location in the early hours of 16 November 2023, with devastating consequences on the terrorists. Similar strikes with positive outcomes were also carried out at a location about 500 metres east of Boderi’s hideout, believed to be the hiding place of Boderi’s brother, Nasiru. Both strikes were termed very successful as several terrorists were neutralised and their motorcycles destroyed.
“Boderi and his brother, Nasiru, alongside their cohorts, have been blamed for several attacks and abductions along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road as well as in several communities in Niger and Kaduna states. “