The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and destroyed their logistics supplies in air strikes executed at Mina along the Gulumba Gana-Kumshe Axis in the Northern part of Borno State.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said the feat has further destabilised the BHTs’ new leadership and curtailed their freedom of action in the general area.
He said the airstrike was executed on 3 July, 2020 as part of missions being conducted under the subsidiary Operation LONG REACH II; sequel to Human Intelligence reports indicating that the BHT location had recently been reinforced with fighters and logistics supplies to provide resistance against nearby friendly ground troops’ positions.
He said “confirmatory surveillance missions also observed significant numbers of terrorists in the settlement”.
He stated that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets detailed by the ATF to engage the location scored accurate hits in their bombing runs, neutralising some of the BHTs and destroying some of their structures, including one of the terrorists’ logistics’ huts which was seen engulfed in flames.
He added that some of the fighters who escaped the bomb attacks were mopped up as the jets strafed their hiding positions.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar therefore commended the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism. Just as the Defence Headquarters equally urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.
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