Dogo Umaru, a senior terrorist commander loyal to the most wanted bandit leader Bello Turji, was reportedly killed in a NAF airstrike.
According to PRNigeria, a total of 40 other suspected bandits were killed as a result of the Nigerian Air Force bombardments.
PRNigeria revealed that the NAF airstrikes were authorized by the military command, after Dogo Umaru and his cronies were confirmed to have coordinated a series of ‘gruesome’ attacks on Magama Village in Katsina State’s Jibia Local Government Area (LGA).
The Magama Divisional Police Officer (DPO) was killed in one of their recent attacks, while a soldier was wounded.
Dogo Umaru and his foot soldiers have been known to launch raids on neighbouring villages from Tsamben Dantambara Primary School, which has since been abandoned.
Two NAF aircrafts were assigned to combat the Katsina terrorist forces, PRNigeria learned via a military clandestine source.
“One of the planes engaged the terrorists in a series of passes, while the other swept up fleeing militants,” he claimed.
According to local residents in Tsamben Babare hamlet, the NAF airstrikes killed 42 militants, including Dogo Umaru.
According to a Nigerian Army intelligence official, military personnel and men from other security agencies have recently increased their operations in numerous theaters in the northwest.
“Last week, strikes by a Nigerian Air Force aircraft and ground unit combat operations in Kaduna and Niger States separately annihilated scores of terrorists near the Nigerian Defence Academy and along Shadadi-Maundu.”