How Nigerian Air Force Destroyed Boko Haram Meeting Venue
More revelations are coming about why it is possible for a splinter group of Boko Haram, Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), to attack 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Baga, Borno State.
A naval officer was killed in the attack that occurred few days before the New Year.
On Wednesday, however, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) released a statement, saying its personnel destroyed a location of Boko Haram near Baga.
The jihadists had established a meeting venue in the location, making it easier for them to attack Baga.
"The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a building being used as meeting venue by Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters near Baga in Northern Borno State.
"The attack was conducted 1 Jan 2019, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions confirmed that the building was being used as an assembly point by the terrorists.
"Consequently, the ATF dispatched a NAF Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the building," the statement by the spokesman for NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, read.
He also said that a direct hit was recorded on the target leading to significant damage to the structure and neutralisation of the occupants.
This came a day before a helicopter of the Air Force used in aerial attacks got lost in combat.
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