Armed bandits at Kawan Pole Waya, about 20km from Birnin Gwari along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road killed two personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramila confirmed the development in a statement saying they were killed in a gun duel.
The gun duel happened while troops of 271 NAF Detachment, Birnin Gwari at about 5pm were dismounting an ambush set up by the armed bandits.
“The gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari and called for reinforcement.
“Unfortunately, 2 NAF personnel paid the supreme price in the process,” the statement read.
TNG learnt that the personnel, Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero and Aircraftman Saidu Bawa, are scheduled to be buried today in accordance with Islamic rites.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar had, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes.
The CAS, who had been at Birnin Gwari on Saturday, on an assessment visit, prayed the Almighty grants the souls of the deceased peaceful repose.
He further urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the Northwest of all criminal elements.