By Augustine Osayande
The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs’) meeting venue, along with other structures, and neutralized several of their fighters at Mainyakare on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche said the air interdiction mission was executed on 2 July 2020, to mark the launch of subsidiary Operation LONG REACH II, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had established that a prominent building in the middle of the settlement was being used as a meeting venue, where the terrorists plan and launch attacks as well as house some of their fighters.
Enenche added that the ATF dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location.
He said the first jet in the first wave of attack recorded a precision bomb strike on the designated target, completely destroying it and other compounds, which were also designated for destruction, were taken out by subsequent passes of the NAF fighter jets. Many of the BHTs were also killed as a result of the air strikes.
He said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is in Maiduguri to personally oversee the conduct of Operation LONG REACH II and commended the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism.
Enenche said the Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of the country.