The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) through the Air Task Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralised scores of Boko haram terrorists, as well as their hideouts during separate air strikes at Durbada (also known as Bula Mongoro), Abaganaram and Tumbun Rego in Borno state.
The raids were executed 13 and 20 September 2019, according to NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
He said the air strikes were conducted based on “credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, which were also, corroborated by confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that identified locations within the settlements that served as hideouts for the terrorists.”
“At Durbada, a staging post from where the terrorists launch attacks against own troops locations, the intelligence particularly indicated that a high value Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) leader had been haboured at the location for a number of days,” Daramola said.
” The ATF therefore scrambled its aircraft yesterday, 20 September 2919, to attack the identified harbour positions within the settlement. The attack aircraft scored accurate hits on the targeted locations, destroying some of the buildings and neutralizing dozens of the terrorists.
“The earlier attacks on Abaganaram and Tumbun Rego, which are both on the fringes of the Lake Chad, similarly resulted in massive destruction of the terrorists’ structures as well as the killing of several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters.”
He said the NAF would sustain the tempo of effort, while operating in collaboration with ground forces, “to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast of the country.”