Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police backed by the Special Forces of the Police Air Wing in a daring offensive operation stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group, also housing other bandits and kidnappers, located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State and successfully neutralised over 250 high-profile bandits
The operation, which commenced in the early hours of Wednesday, was carried out by a combined team of operatives of Operation Puff Adder made up of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Forces, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad and Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
A statement by the spokesman of the Police Force Headquarters, Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, said the operation was necessitated by actionable intelligence linking terror and criminal elements in the super camp to series of terror-related violence, kidnappings, gun-running, cattle rustling and other heinous crimes across the country.
Mba added: “Unfortunately, during the operation, a Police Bell helicopter, which provided aerial and intelligence cover for the ground troops came under attack from the bandits using sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and GPMG.
“Commendably, the pilot and the co-pilot who demonstrated uncommon courage and expertise, successfully landed the aircraft at the Air Force Base, Kaduna without further incident.
“They were thereafter evacuated for medical treatment.
“Both officers who sustained non-life threatening injuries are currently receiving treatment and are in stable condition.
“The Police helicopter has since been flown out of the Kaduna Air Force Base by Police Pilots en-route to Abuja.”
Mba said the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, assures citizens of safety and sustained intelligence-led operations against bandits across the length and breadth of the nation.
He added: “He has equally applauded the unparalleled bravery, commitment and dedication of the Police operatives currently conducting the special mission.”