Air Force destroys Boko Haram’s facilities — Spokesperson

File photo of a Nigerian Air Force’s NAF 477 Alpha Fighter Jet and personnel at the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua International Airport, Katsina before flying to Zamfara for Operation 'Diran Mikiya' to flush out armed bandits terrorising the state. 04138/1/8/2018/Zubairu Idris/BJO/NAN
File photo of a Nigerian Air Force’s NAF 477 Alpha Fighter Jet and personnel at the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua International Airport, Katsina before flying to Zamfara for Operation 'Diran Mikiya' to flush out armed bandits terrorising the state. 04138/1/8/2018/Zubairu Idris/BJO/NAN

The Nigerian Air Force says its air task force against Boko Haram has successfully destroyed some facilities and equipment of the terror group at Alafa Yagayaga in Sambisa forest.

According to the Air force, the unit has also destroyed a suspected Boko Haram ammunition depot in Kusuma on the fringes of Lake Chad, Borno.

Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

The air commodore said that the air strikes was in continuation of Operation Thunder Strike 2 which commenced on September 3.

“The air strikes against BHTs at Alafa Yagayaga were targeted at structures within the settlement identified via previous Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to be rendezvous (RV) points for the insurgents.

“Consequently, a combination of NAF fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the locations while the NAF ISR aircraft conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).

“The attack platforms acquired the targets and took turns to attack the location, destroying the structures and killing most of the BHTs in the process.

“The few surviving BHTs, seen fleeing the area, were strafed and neutralised by the helicopter gunships,” he said.

Mr Daramola said the attack at Kusuma was initiated, following credible intelligence indicating the presence of a Boko Haram logistics/ammunition depot within the settlement.

He explained that at end of the attacks, the force confirmed a direct hit on the ammunition depot which was engulfed in fire.

He said some other adjoining BHT structures were destroyed and the occupying terrorists neutralised.

(NAN)


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