The Nigerian Air Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed hideouts Boko Haram, leaders killing several fighters in separate air strikes conducted at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa forest.
The air interdiction missions were executed on 3 July 2020, according to Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche.
He said in a statement that the air interjection was as part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation Long Reach II.
According to him, the air strikes were conducted after intelligence reports indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the two settlements.
He said Parisu, “with its booby-trapped access routes, fortified check points and structures camouflaged under the forest vegetation,” served as a stronghold for the terrorists commanders, while “recent aerial surveillance missions showed increased activities of the terrorists in a cluster of structures in the middle of Bula Bello.”
Enenche said that upon intelligence reports, the Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the two locations.
“The Nigerian Air Force jets, while taking turns to engage the targets, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists,” he said.