The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter group of Boko Haram, has lost some of its gun trucks in ongoing battle to push them out of Nigeria's North East region. 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole carried out the strikes conducted near Damasak in Northern Borno.

NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, announced the strikes in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

“The attacks were executed on January 5, while providing close air support for ground troops at Damasak who were in pursuit of the terrorists who had attempted to breach their location.

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“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter Gunship engaged the group of terrorists’ gun trucks in successive waves of attacks as they retreated, destroying and immobilising three of them while causing significant damage to others and neutralising several terrorists,” he said.

This is coming days after the Air Force lost a helicopter in the northeast.