Molly Kilete, Abuja
Nigerian Air Force (NAF), fighter jets engaged in the ongoing counter insurgency war in the north east have destroyed more logistic base belonging to the Boko Haram group and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The camps located at Gobara and Bakassi villages and on the fringes of lake Chad were bombarded by two Alpha Jets following intelligence report that the area was being used as storage facility by the terrorists.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the attack lefts many terrorists dead.
Daramola said: “In continuation of Operation GREEN SWEEP 2, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed terrorists’ hideouts and killed some fighters at Gobara and Bakassi, Borno State in separate air raids conducted on June 28, 2019.
The settlements are two of the targets selected for attack in the intensive air interdiction operations launched by the ATF on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
“The attack on Gobara, a settlement in the Sambisa Forest area, was carried out by two Alpha Jets after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had identified a segment of the settlement being used by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) fighters to store their logistics and other equipment. The jets scored accurate hits in the target area, leading to the destruction of some of the structures and equipment as well as the killing of several terrorists.
“In a similar vein, another active camp belonging to Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements located at Bakassi on the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno, was successfully attacked and several terrorists killed in air strikes carried out later in the day. Overhead the target area, the NAF ISR platform observed significant presence of ISWAP fighters who were attempting to flee the location, upon hearing the sound of the aircraft.
The attack platforms were vectored to the area of concentration of the terrorists, unleashing their munitions on the target and causing significant damage to the camp and neutralizing many terrorists”.