The Nigerian Air Force has warned that those living with bandits in forests risk airstrikes.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, director of Public Relations and Information of the Air Force, said this while denying reports that airstrikes killed a woman and her four children in Zamfara State.
Gabkwet noted that such can happen only if those killed are residing with the bandits.
He said the airstrikes were carried out in Sububu forest and not close to any village.
The air force’s director of Public Relations and Information stated that Zamfara state government officials had commended the NAF team for the operation.
“I just got off the phone with Alhaji Mohammad Ibrahim, the director of Security, Ministry of Internal Security, Zamfara State, who confirmed the happiness of the state government over the precise nature of the strike by NAF jet,” he said.
“I am also aware that the state governor has called our commanders on ground to commend the NAF.
“A local contractor in the general area also confirmed the attack and its devastating effect on the bandits. Till now, the remnants of the bandits are evacuating and departing from the Sububu Forest general area. Now, the strike was in Sububu Forest and not anywhere close to any village. So stories of NAF hitting any target outside the forest is false.
“Secondly, on the issue of accidental kills, I find it hard to believe except if those accidentally killed were residing in the forest. I can only continue to probe further.”