Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft has killed several fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and destroyed their hideout during an airstrike at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.
The air strike was conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Friday, according to NAF spokesperson Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
He said “persistent Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed that the settlement was being used as a staging area from where the terrorists launch attacks against own troops’ positions.”
“Consequently, the ATF dispatched its aircraft to attack identified compounds within the settlement,” Daramola said.
“Overhead the target area, scores of ISWAP fighters were observed attempting to flee upon sighting the attack platforms.
“The aircraft took turns in engaging the location, scoring accurate hits which led to the destruction of some structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.”
He said the NAF is operating in concert with surface forces, and will “sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.”