A terrorist leader Alhaji Shanono has been killed following sustained air operations by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) in Kaduna State.
NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, disclosed this in a statement
issued on Wednesday.
Gabkwet issued the statement after the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao’s visit to Kaduna State.
The statement read, “Indeed, following receipt of intelligence on 9 August 2022 that a well-known terrorists’ kingpin, Alhaji Shanono, had scheduled a meeting with his foot soldiers at Ukambo, a village about 131 km from Kaduna, the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch dispatched aircraft for interdiction mission at the location.”
“Overhead the location, terrorists were sighted under clusters of trees at the foot of Ukambo high ground and after ensuring the absence of civilian settlements within the location, the crew received the authorization to strike.
“Feedback from local sources disclosed that over 30 rifles and 20 motorbikes were destroyed while about 18 terrorists, including Alhaji Shanono, were neutralized while others sustained various degrees of injuries. Sources also revealed that not less than 26 kidnapped victims earlier held by the terrorists were released as a result of the airstrike.”