The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says that its Air Task Force (ATF) in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in Nigeria’s northeast has killed scores of Boko Haram fighters at their hideouts in Borno State.
NAF Director, Public Relations and Information Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known in a statement, said that the ATF destroyed several structures and logistics support belonging to the terrorists at Arboko village in the state.
Daramola’s statement reads:
“The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has decimated a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) camp and neutralized some of their fighters at a settlement called Arboko in Borno State.
“The operation was conducted on 18 February 19 while a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet and an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform were providing close air support to troops of 82 Brigade Nigerian Army. “In the course of the operation, the ISR aircraft spotted a group of BHT fighters within Arboko village and vectored the Alpha Jet to engage their camp with rocket fire, thereby degrading the terrorists’ structures and neutralizing some of their fighters.
“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.”