Authorities of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Friday that its fighter aircraft have destroyed Boko Haram terrorists structures in Bama, Gobara, Borno State, in its ongoing “Operation Thunder Strike’’ against the insurgents in North East.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Mshl Sadique Abubakar inspecting the newly weaponized NAF alpha jet after test.
NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM. Olatokunbo Adesanya said the air interdiction was carried out on Tuesday.
He said, “On the second day of the ongoing operation ` Thunder Strike’, the Air Task Force (ATF) operation Lafiya Dole successfully conducted air interdiction on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) infested location, 13 Nautical Miles North East of Bama.
“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had previously observed significant BHT presence in the location.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed a combination of fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships to attack the insurgents’ position.
“Overhead the location, the attack platforms took turns to unleash their ordinance on the targets while the NAF ISR aircraft conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA),” he said.
Adesanya added that BDA revealed the target structures to were destroyed and engulfed in fire while the occupying terrorists were neutralized.
He said the Air Task Force later in the day, in continuation of the operation, successfully conducted another attack on a location in Gobara, 15km Northwest of Gwoza.
“Previous ISR report had indicated that the location served as a hideout for the insurgents.
“Consequently, NAF fighter aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the location.
“The fighter jets acquired and took turns to strafe the location, destroying the building and killing most of the BHTs in the process.
“After the attacks, the BDA revealed that some other adjoining BHT structures and hideouts were equally destroyed,” he said.
Recall that the NAF commenced the ongoing operation Thunder Strike on Monday in the North East.