Air Strikes Hit Boko Haram Members Gathering In North-East
Air strikes from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed some suspected Boko Haram terrorists in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
The number of suspected terrorists killed were not disclosed but the Nigerian Air Force announced the attack in a video released on Twitter on Tuesday.
The Air Force said it conducted the air interdiction mission on the remnants of Boko Haram members who were gathering in a village, 3.42 km North East of Mangosum in Borno State.
A statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said NAF had successfully provided air cover to troops of 27 Task Force Battalion thereby enabling them to repel an attack by the insurgents.
According to him, a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft trailed the remnants of the insurgents that attacked the Battalion earlier to a village near Mangosum.
“Following which, NAF conducted the air interdiction mission with two Alpha Jets and one F-7Ni aircraft.
“Battle Damage Assessment conducted after the strike showed that several leaders of the insurgents’ organisation and their followers were killed during the attacks.
“A sizeable cache of weapons and equipment were destroyed with the successful air interdiction,” he said.
According to him, it was another feat that has frustrated yet another attempt by the remnants of the insurgents to regroup in the Sambisa general area.
On April 28, insurgents also suffered a serious casualty in the hands of NAF in the North East region.
Boko Haram has in the last seven years pushed for an Islamic caliphate and an end to Western education in the northeast, but heightened counter-insurgency operations have scuttled its activities in the region.
These operations have also forced the terrorists to resort to suicide bombing, attacking soft targets.