The air component of Operation Whirl Punch conducted a successful air operation in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, resulting in the elimination of numerous terrorists.
According to The PUNCH, this operation was launched based on intelligence indicating the presence of a terrorist leader, identified as Boderi, and his associates in the area.
The Director of Public Relations and Information for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, highlighted in a statement on Sunday the efficacy of the air operations, leading the service to initiate another operation targeting Boderi’s brother.
According to him, these siblings were reportedly responsible for multiple attacks on communities in the state and its surroundings.
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. “