Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police backed by the Special Forces of the Police Airwing, in a daring offensive operation, stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group, which also houses other bandits and kidnappers, located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State and successfully neutralized over 250 high-profile members of the Ansaru Terror Group.
The operation, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, February 5, was an operation by a combined team of operatives of Operation Puff Adder, made up of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, Counter Terrorism Unit, CTU, Special Forces, Intelligence Response Team, IRT, Special Tactical Squad, STS and Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The operation became necessary due to 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.
During the operation, a Police Bell helicopter, which provided aerial and intelligence cover for the ground troops was attacked by the bandits, using sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and GPMG.
However, both the pilot and co-pilot, who demonstrated uncommon courage and expertise, landed the aircraft successfully at the Air Force Base, Kaduna, without further incident; and the duo 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.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, has assured all Nigerians of safety and sustained intelligence-led operations against bandits across the length and breadth of the nation, even as he equally applauded the unparalleled bravery, commitment and dedication of the Police operatives, who are currently conducting the special mission.