A day when the Northern Nigerian states inaugurated Northern Nigeria Security Initiative tagged “Shege Ka-Fasa” to combat bandits, kidnappers and other organised criminal gangs, the bandits became auducious by shooting at a police helicopter wounding the pilot and the co-pilot at Kaduru in Kaduna state.
However, 250 of the bandits were reportedly killed during the police raid of their camp in Kaduru forest.
The helicopter, which was learnt was on a regular patrol was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday about 1120hrs.
Following the attack, the Nigerian Air Force ambulance was said to have rushed the victims, CSP Teslim (CAPT) and DSP Shittu Abubakar (Copilot) to their hospital.
According the Nigerian Airforce Security reports, “they were shot by some group of bandits at kaduru village, Birinin Gwari general area, while on patrol, and they are in own hospital now receiving medical treatment.
It was further gathered that bandits might have used the General Purpose Mechine Gun (GPMG) to shoot at the helicopter which created two holes under the aircraft on the copilot side.
Confirming the attack, the police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba said the police helicopter was on an operation in the area when the criminals shot at them.
However, he added that they had succeeded at carrying out their operations successfully before the incident