LAGOS, May 15 (Xinhua) -- An air strike launched by Nigerian government forces killed 12 armed bandits in Kamuku forest in the restive northern state of Kaduna, the military said on Wednesday.
The military operation on Tuesday also facilitated the release of 15 kidnapped victims, said Ibikunle Daramola, spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force.
He said the air strikes made the bandits to flee the location in disarray, thereby enabling the kidnapped victims to escape.
The spokesman assured that the military would continue to work with other security agencies to sustain its operations to flush bandits out of the restive northwest.
Criminal gangs involved in armed robbery, kidnapping, castle rustling have for many years used Kamuku forest, which borders Niger, Zamfara Kebbi and Kastina states, as a hideout.
Bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers have killed hundreds of people in villages across the northwest region. Several villages have been razed by the attackers who also kidnap for ransom.