* Kill several fighters
By Augustine Osayande PhD
The subsidiary Operation LONG REACH being conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed terrorists facilities at Bula Bello and Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
Confirming the report on Sunday, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche said the air interdiction missions were executed sequel to credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed use of the closely-linked settlements as staging points to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.
Enenche explained that the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the 2 locations.
He said the NAF jets scored devastating hits in their multiple waves of attacks resulting in the obliteration of designated portions of the terrorists’ hideouts as well as the neutralization of several of their fighters.
Enenche said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commended the ATF for their dedication and professionalism.
He said the Defence Headquarters equally urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of the beloved country.