No fewer than 22 terrorists have been neutralized by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Batsari and Jibia local government areas of Katsina State.
The terrorists, mostly the foot soldiers of terrorist kingpin, Abdulkareen Lawal, popularly known as Abdulkareen Boss, were neutralized on Monday, July 17, by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji.
The terrorist kingpin with some of his foot soldiers was killed by air strikes in the Ruga forest in Katsina on August 5, 2022. He had been accused of masterminding the killing of a Nigerian Police Area Commander in Dutsin Ma on July 5, 2022.
It was revealed on Thursday, July 20, that the attack by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) resulted in the death of the terrorists based on intelligence received by troops.
The military source said, “Over 22 terrorists mostly made up of foot soldiers of the deceased notorious terrorists’ kingpin Abdulkareen Lawal, aka Abdulkareen Boss, were on Monday, July 17, 2023, neutralized by air strikes conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji at Batsari and Sola Poi II in Batsari and Jibia Local Government Areas of Katsina State.
“The strikes were executed following credible intelligence reports that the terrorists were responsible for several abductions and violent attacks on some communities within Kankara LGA of Katsina State.”
NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the recent airstrikes carried out on Monday.