A wanted bandit warlord, Alhaji Abdulkareem Lawal also known as Abdulkareem Boss has been killed by bomb strikes from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Naija News understands Lawal was killed along with twenty-seven other bandits during a NAF airstrike in Katsina State on Saturday.
The wanted criminal was based in the Marina area of Safana Local Government Area, and was responsible for several terrorist attacks, animal rustling and kidnappings.
Boss was known to regularly invite terrorist groups from other areas and regions to join him in attacks on targets.
Specifically, he was part of the terrorist group that carried out attacks that eventually led to the death of the Nigerian Police Area Commander of Dutsin Ma on 5 July, 2022.
Confirming the killing of Abdulkareem Boss to PRNigeria, an intelligence military officer, said that the terror kingpin was neutralized in a precision strike alongside 27 of his foot soldiers, at Rugu Forest.
More Bandits Around Abuja Neutralized
In a related development, the airforce has also killed some bandits said to be part of those launching attacks on Abuja and its environs.
It was gathered that the terrorists from their hideouts within Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States, plan attacks on Abuja.
However, NAF has carried out bombings on their hideouts with many of them killed.
A military air commander was quoted as saying about the strike: “In view of this, NAF aircraft under Operation Whirl Punch were dispatched to undertake intensive air interdiction operation to degrade/neutralize the terrorists within their identified hideouts in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru and Chikun LGA in Kaduna State and Kusasu, Kwaki and Kukere LGA in Niger State.
“So far, the identified locations hit by NAF aircraft include Jan Birni, Kusasu, Kauwuri, Kwaki, Ukambo Hill within the Kwiambana Forest as well as Alhaji Chorki Location.
“These locations have been attacked decisively and were struck in successive passes until they went into flames, some casualties who were spotted to be struggling to scamper for safety were effectively mopped up.”
Speaking on the developments when contacted, the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said commanders have been told to sustain the momentum and keep the country safe by wiping out the terrorists.
“Operational commanders have also been told to sustain the momentum and ensure they minimize, to the barest minimum, the freedom of movement of terrorists and insurgents,” he said.
This article was originally published on Naija News