BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Nigeria Police on Wednesday said that its Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder backed by its Special Airwing Forces, in a daring offensive operation, stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group located in Kuduru Forest in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State and successfully neutralized over 250 high-profile members of the Ansaru Terror Group.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said that the operation which commenced in the early hours of Wednesday, February 5, 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).
Mba said the operation was necessitated by actionable intelligence linking terror and criminal elements in the super camp believed to be housing other bandits and kidnappers, to series of terror-related violence, kidnappings, gun-running, cattle rustling and other heinous crimes across the country.
According to Mba; “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,” he said.
In the meantime, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has assured citizens of safety and sustained intelligence-led operations against bandits across the length and breadth of the nation.
IGP Adamu equally applauded the unparalleled bravery, commitment and dedication of the Police operatives currently conducting the special mission.