- Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have successfully neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists through successful air strikes in Borno
- The successful air strikes were as a result of efforts to trail and neutralize fleeing terrorists after Nigerian Army (NA) troops had repelled the attack on their location around BAMA
- Boko Haram terrorists who were seen fleeing towards a nearby settlement and were further attacked with rockets
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has successfully neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at Bulagalaye and Kwakwa, both in Borno state, through successful air strikes.
NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, who confirmed this in a statement on Friday, July 20, in Abuja, said the operation was conducted on Sunday, July 15.
Read the statement below:
"The successful air strikes on both locations were a result of efforts to trail and neutralize fleeing terrorists after Nigerian Army (NA) troops had repelled the attack on their location around BAMA.
Upon receiving reports of the attack, the ATF scrambled an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and the Alpha Jet aircraft to locate the fleeing terrorists.
Consequently, the insurgents, who were seen assembled at a staging area in BULAGALAYE, began to disperse upon sighting the attack platforms.
However, the NAF fighter aircraft acquired and attacked the fleeing insurgents with bombs and rockets.
As a result of the air strikes, the BHTs were neutralized while their vehicles and weapons were destroyed, leading to a thick cloud of black smoke.
Intelligence reports later revealed that a smaller bunch of the BHTs had re-assembled in a settlement known as KWAKWA.
Accordingly, the ATF conducted a wave of strikes on the location. Overhead KWAKWA, the ISR platform successfully identified the terrorists’ location and vectored the attack platforms to the target area, which was attacked with bombs and rockets.
Some of the terrorists were seen fleeing towards a nearby settlement and further attacked with rockets and then neutralized.
The Air Task Force will continue to conduct missions in support of the efforts of our troops in the counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast while also providing Close Air Support when requested to do so."
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Mayinta Modu, a suspected Boko Haram commander, confessed that he received N30, 000 as payment for coordinating and participating in the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.
Modu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, July 19, at the Borno state police command, Maiduguri.
The Boko Haram commander said he was among the 22 suspected insurgents arrested by the police over the abduction of the schoolgirls and attacks on communities, military, security agencies as well as bombings in Borno and Adamawa.
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