Wife, Mother Of Notorious Bandit Trapped As Air Force Bombs Bandits Enclave

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The mother and Wife of Bokkolo, a notorious bandit, were reportedly trapped when fighter jets bombarded his residence in Sokoto State.

Several bandits and their relatives are said to have been killed by Nigerian fighter jets.

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Many of Bokkolo’s lieutenants were killed in the house, according to a resident who confirmed the bombardment.

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“However, we are unsure whether he is among the dead,” the source said, adding that his wife and mother were at home at the time of the raid.

A sustained air raid, which began on Friday, dislodged the terrorists.

During the raid, some of them were said to have fled to Tsabre, Sarkin Darai, and Tiibale, which are located between Goronyo and Unguwan Lalle in Sokoto.

According to the locals, some of the bandits were seen in these three villages with gunshot wounds.

The raid was part of a joint operation involving the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police, and the Department of State Services, among others.

The operation is being led by the General Officer Commanding 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, according to a senior army officer.

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Hundreds of bandits  were killed in the Isa and Sabon Birni areas, according to him, and the operation extended to the Nigerien border.

He went on to say that all of their forest hideouts and residences had been bombarded.

Another source told Daily Trust that most of the areas bombed were under the control of Turji, the leader, but there was no news of his death or that of any of his relatives at the time of filing this report.

Four vigilantes who were part of the operation were killed in the fight, according to the Daily Trust.

“That entire axis is now militarised.” Since the advent of banditry in Sokoto, we have not seen an operation of this magnitude. “And it’s working,” the local said.

Aminu Almustapha Gobir, the member representing Sabon Birni North, confirmed that the operation was the first of its kind in the area, adding that it has been a huge success.

He said, “Many bandits have been killed, and some have fled with gunshot wounds.”

Locals were assisting the operation, according to another resident, by reporting the movement of the fleeing bandits.

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