The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has successfully neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at Bulagalaye and Kwakwa, both in Borno, through successful air strikes.
Olatokunbo Adesanya, an air vice marshal and NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, who confirmed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the operation was conducted on Sunday.
“The successful air strikes on both locations were as a result of efforts to trail and neutralise fleeing terrorists after Nigerian Army (NA) troops had repelled the attack on their location around Bama.
“Upon receiving reports of the attack, the ATF scrambled an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and the Alpha Jet aircraft to locate the fleeing terrorists.
“Consequently, the insurgents, who were seen assembled at a staging area in Bulagalaye, began to disperse upon sighting the attack platforms.
“However, the NAF fighter aircraft acquired and attacked the fleeing insurgents with bombs and rockets.
“As a result of the air strikes, the BHTs were neutralised while their vehicles and weapons were destroyed, leading to a thick cloud of black smoke,” he said.
Mr Adesanya said intelligence reports later revealed that a smaller bunch of the BHTs had re-assembled in a settlement known as Kwakwa.
He said the ATF then conducted a wave of strikes on the location.
“Overhead Kwakwa the ISR platform successfully identified the terrorists’ location and vectored the attack platforms to the target area, which was attacked with bombs and rockets,” he said.
He said some of the terrorists were seen fleeing towards a nearby settlement and further attacked with rockets and then neutralised.
“The Air Task Force will continue to conduct missions in support of the efforts of our troops in the counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast while also providing Close Air Support when requested to do so,” he said.