N/East: Air Strikes by Troops Yielding Results–DHQ
Air strikes being executed in Borno State by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, under subsidiary Operation Hail Storm 2, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said have continued to yield tangible results.
The latest of these, according to the DHQ, include the massive destruction of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs’) Camps and neutralization of scores of their fighters in a night attack at Tongule on Thursday, and daytime raids at Bone and Isari B Musa, yesterday.
A statement released by the Defence Media Operation (DMO) Coordinator, John Enenche, indicated that the strike on Tongule was undertaken after surveillance missions revealed continued assembly of the terrorists, within the settlement at nighttime.
Enenche, a Major General in the Nigerian Army, said: “Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter gunships for a night attack on the location, with their barrage of rockets neutralizing several of the terrorists.
“Bone, a settlement along the Yale-Kumshe axis, on the other hand, was attacked by a force package of NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships after credible intelligence reports established that the location served as a staging area from where the terrorists launch attacks.”
He went on: “The NAF attack aircraft engaged the location in multiple bomb and rocket runs, destroying several of their structures and neutralizing scores of terrorists.
“Similarly, at Isari B Musa several terrorists, who were observed both within and in bushes surrounding the settlement, were taken out as the NAF attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target area.”