At Sambisa Fringes, Troops Eliminate Insurgents in ‘Precision Strike’
In what can only be described as a precision strike, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs’) meeting venue, along with other structures in Borno State, the Defence Media Operations (DMO) has said.
According to the DMO, scores of BH fighters were also neutralized by troops’ bombardments at Mainyakare on the fringes of the Sambisa.
The DMO said, in a statement by its Coordinator of DMO, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, that the air interdiction mission was executed on Thursday.
“This was 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,” it added.
Part of the statement reads: “Consequently, the ATF dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location. The first jet in the first wave of attack recorded a precision bomb strike on the designated target, completely destroying it. 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.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is in Maiduguri to personally oversee the conduct of Operation LONG REACH II, has commended the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism. 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 our beloved country.”