The Air Task Force of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ has killed several Boko Haram Terrorists during a massive day and night attacks on their hideouts.
The operations, which were carried out between August 10 and 18, 2018, were preceded by days of intensive Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Comm. Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement on Monday that the operations were planned and executed based on credible intelligence indicating that the BHTs were making moves to regroup around the fringes of Sambisa.
According to him, the first air strike was a daytime mission executed on August 10 at a location 4.5 Km Northwest of Arra around the fringes of Sambisa, where ISR had confirmed that BHTs were regrouping to launch attacks against the troops in the general area.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed an Alpha Jet to attack the location. Overhead the area of interest, the Alpha Jet acquired and engaged targets, destroying parts of the settlement and neutralizing several BHTs,” Daramola narrated.
He stated that intelligence reports later revealed that some of the surviving BHTs had converged at another location 4.8Km West of Arra.
Consequently, the ATF deployed Mi-35M helicopter gunships for a night attack on the new location on August 18, resulting in the death of dozens of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).
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