The Defence Headquarters has said Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed scores of terrorists in Jakana axis of Borno state on Wednesday.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen.John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, said the airstrikes also destroyed terrorists’ logistics and facilities.
“In continuation of the intensive air operations to rid the North-east of the country of terrorist elements, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed some Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs’) vehicles and eliminated several of their fighters along the Jakana axis of Borno state,” he said.
Enenche said the air strikes were executed following intelligence reports of terrorists’ movement in the area.
He said, “This was achieved through air strikes executed on 13 January 2021 after intelligence reports revealed that the BHTs were conducting another logistics movement through the Jakana-Mainok axis of the state.
“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft dispatched to the area subsequently spotted the BHTs’ vehicles at a location South of Jakana.
“Accordingly, the Air Task Force scrambled NAF helicopter gunships to engage the convoy in successive waves of attack, delivering accurate hits in the target area which resulted in the destruction of 2 BHT vehicles. Several of the terrorists were also eliminated while one of the logistics vehicles was seen overturned”