Air Force attacks Boko Haram targets, kill insurgents

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said it has carried out bombings of Boko Haram targets in the North East.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a statement in Abuja that the force personnel carried out several operations and destroyed Boko Haram structures in Bogumeri and Gwoza.

The statement reads: “In furtherance of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on 24 November 2017, successfully neutralised a large gathering of Boko Haram Terrorists in Bogumeri, Borno State.

A NAF platform, while on routine Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), had previously discovered the large gathering of the BHTs in the area, which was known to have significant BHT presence.

Consequently, NAF fighter aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the target, in quick succession. The Alpha Jet fighter aircraft attacked the target with bombs, killing the insurgents and setting some structures ablaze.

Meanwhile, in a separate attack on 28 November 2017, the NAF successfully neutralised another large gathering of BHTs in Gobara, 15km north west of Gwosa. A NAF ISR platform had previously discovered the armed BHTs, who were gathered by a building that was apparently being used as a hideout.

The subsequent air strike resulted in the immediate destruction of the target building, killing all the BHTs inside it.”

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