- The Air Force provided update on its operation against Boko Haram in Sambisa forest
- An airstrike was launched against the insurgents in Sambisa forest
- Many of the terrorists were decimated during the operation
The Nigerian Air Force has launched a deadly air strike against Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest in furtherance of its effort to defeat terrorism in the country.
In a statement released on Wednesday, August 9, the air force confirmed that operation was carried out on Monday, August 7.
It said the terrorists were sighted converging under a tree and an air strike was launched against them.
Read the report below:
"In furtherance of operations to completely defeat the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organization, on 7 August 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission over Parisu, in the Sambisa general area.
"During the ISR mission, a large group of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) was seen converging under a tree close to a prominent zinc-roofed structure. Part of the structure was concealed by the foliage of a tree, making it a seemingly unobtrusive gathering point for the terrorists.
"A confirmatory ISR mission indicated that the structure was indeed a BHT hideout, housing a large number of terrorists. Accordingly, on 8 August 2017, the Air Component detailed fighter aircraft to strike the target in succession.
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"Following the first and second strikes, the building was completely destroyed and the location was strafed during the third attack. The fourth attack was re-directed to a close by building, where BHT activity was also noticed. Subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the BHT hideout was completely reduced to rubble and several BHTs were killed while a few of them were seen evacuating the casualties.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army on Tuesday, August 8, arrested two fleeing members of Boko Haram terrorists at Sasawa village.
The terrorists claimed they escaped from a hideout at Futchumaram, Geidam local government area.
The army gave the name of the arrested suspects as Kiri Imoru and Tijjani Goni.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of the Air Force giving an update of its fight against Boko Haram: