Nigerian military “recaptures” Dikwa from Boko Haram

The Nigerian military on Friday recaptured Dikwa town in Borno State following a collaborative effort between the army and the air force, the spokesperson for the air force, Dele Alonge, said.

He said a combination of the air force’s alpha jet and surveillance aircraft jointly destroyed three ambush points heavily fortified with vehicle-mounted Anti-Aircraft Guns.

The operation by the air force paved the way for ground troops to move in and recapture the town with less resistance.

A cordon and search operations by the army is currently on-going in the town.

Also, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an air vice marshal has concluded his tour of operational units to acertain the state of equipment and morale of troops, especially those involved in the counter-terrorist operations against Boko Haram terrorists in North-East Nigeria.

Mr. Abubakar said the purpose of his visit was to obtain first-hand information about the operational readiness of the personnel and equipment with a view to enabling the NAF requip and re-strategise for operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Among units visited by the air chief include 64 Air Defence Group, Makurdi; 75 Strike Group, Yola; 97 Special Operational Group, Port-Harcourt, and 99 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji.

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