The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Tuesday in Kaduna.
“In an inspiring success for the security forces, over 50 bandits have been neutralised during a combined ground and air assault in the Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari LGA,’’ he said.
He said operational feedback from the Command of the Joint Operations has it that a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis.
“They were engaged vigorously by the helicopter gunship and were wiped out.
“After this, bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa and were struck effectively by the gunship.
“Fleeing remnants were mopped up by ground forces,” he said
He explained that a second helicopter gunship joined the operations and many more fleeing bandits were neutralised by precise strikes.
“Assessment revealed that more than 50 bandits were neutralised during the joint operation, “Aruwan said.