The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE fighter Jets have destroyed hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
Confirming the report, Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the massive air strikes were conducted in 2 waves of attacks on 6 March 2020 sequel to credible Intelligence reports indicating that the BHTs had relocated some of their fighters to the settlement to reinforce the location preparatory to attacks on troops’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.
Daramola added that the ATF dispatched an enhanced force package of several attack aircraft and a surveillance platform to engage the location.
“Overhead the target area, significant activity of the fighters was observed in different parts of the settlements. The NAF fighter jets took turns in attacking the target area, neutralizing many BHTs and destroying their structures in successive passes.
“After the first wave of strikes, the terrorists reassembled at another part of the settlement where they were tracked and mopped-up,” he said.
He said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its air campaign against the terrorists’ hideouts to shape the battle space for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.