A police helicopter which was providing aerial and intelligence cover was shot at by bandits, while Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police backed by the Special Forces of the Police Airwing, was raining operational camps of terrorists and bandits in Kaduna on Wednesday.
They shot at the helicopter bandits with sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and General purpose machine guns (GPMG).
Tragedy was however averted as the pilot and copilot, managed to land the aircraft at the Air Force base in Kaduna.
The security agents were raiding the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group (also housing other bandits and kidnappers) located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
According to statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Wednesday evening, the daring offensive operation successfully neutralized over 250 high-profile members of the Ansaru Terror Group.
“The operation which commenced in the early hours of today, 5th February, 2020, was carried out 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 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.
”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.
”Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police assures citizens of safety and sustained intelligence-led operations against bandits across the length and breadth of the nation. He has equally applauded the unparalleled bravery, commitment and dedication of the Police operatives currently conducting the special mission,” the statement read.