- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is not resting on its oars in its operations in the northeast and has continued its the conduct of Operation Thunder Strike
- NAF ISR aircraft conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) on a Boko Haram terrorists infested location
- At the end of the attacks, the target structures were destroyed and engulfed in fire while the occupying terrorists were neutralised
As part of the ongoing Operation Thunder Strike, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole on Tuesday, May 15, successfully conducted air interdiction on a Boko Haram terrorists infested location, 13 Nautical Miles North East of Bama.
According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by NAF spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had previously observed significant terrorists presence in the location.
The statement read: “The ATF detailed a combination of fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships to attack the insurgents’ position. Overhead the location, the attack platforms took turns to unleash their ordinance on the targets while the NAF ISR aircraft conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).
“At the end of the attacks, the BDA revealed the target structures to have been destroyed and engulfed in fire while the occupying terrorists were neutralised.
“Later in the day, in continuation of the operation, the ATF successfully conducted another attack on a location in Gobara, 15km Northwest of Gwoza. Previous ISR report had indicated that the location served as a hideout for the insurgents.
“Consequently, NAF fighter aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the location. The fighter jets acquired and took turns to strafe the location, destroying the building and killing most of the terrorists in the process. After the attacks, the BDA revealed that some other adjoining BHT structures and hideouts were equally destroyed.”
Just recently, a NAF Alpha Jet neutralized scores of Boko Haram terrorists while providing close air support to ground troops.
The air strike followed calls from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division of the Nigerian Army that troops conducting clearance operations at Koleram in Borno state had come in contact with the insurgents.
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