Scores of suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been killed in Borno, as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) continues air strikes on their hideouts in the northeast.

The attack occurred in Koleram town on Monday, the spokesman for NAF, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

“The successful air strike by the NAF Alpha Jet aircraft followed calls from the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 8 Division of the Nigerian Army that troops conducting clearance operations at Koleram had come in contact with the insurgents," the statement read. 

According to him, the NAF also provided Close Air Support (CAS) to ground troops.

“On arrival over the location, there were exchanges of fire between the terrorists and our ground forces.

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“The crew of a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft established contact with the ground troops and guided the Alpha Jet aircraft crew to the major source of fire from the Boko Haram terrorists, which was seen coming from a particular settlement.

“Consequently, the NAF Alpha Jet aircraft engaged the target with rockets and cannons, thus neutralising the insurgents and destroying their weapons,’’ he said.

The NAF spokesman said the Air Task Force would continue to conduct missions on request in support of the efforts of “our troops in the counterinsurgency operations in the North East".