- The ongoing war by the Nigerian military against insurgents in the North East is making progress
- The air component of Operation Lafiya Dole is key to the military's progress
- The Nigerian Air Force once again proved its importance in the fight against the insurgents
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has foiled a plan by Boko Haram terrorists to ambush surface forces harboured at Doron Naira, north of Borno state.
Yesterday, June 19, a NAF King Air A350i Beechcraft aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission sighted a group of insurgents in 7 Hilux vehicles hiding under trees at a location along the axis of advance of ground forces towards Kangarawa, north of Borno state.
Following this discovery, an Alpha Jet was scrambled to attack the insurgents location. The attack was successful as 15 members of Boko Haram were killed and their vehicles destroyed.
The casualty figure was also confirmed by ground forces who then consolidated on the gains of the air raid to pursue and inflict further casualty on the fleeing wounded members of the terrorist group.
Troops also confirmed 2 gun trucks were among vehicles destroyed by the Alpha Jet as 2 x AK-47 rifles, 2 x RPGs and cache of assorted munitions were recovered.
NAF has been relentless in its effort to shape the battle-space and provide favourable environment for ground forces to operate in the fight against insurgency.
In a statement sent to journalists and obtained by NAIJ.com, NAF says the report is unfounded and did not emanate from them.