Several Boko Haram militants were killed and a logistics base of the terror group in the northeast region of Nigeria was completely destroyed following a series of airstrikes by the Nigerian military, said a defense spokesman on Thursday.
The air task force of the military, which carried out the raid on Wednesday, also decimated the major assembly area of Boko Haram at Ngoske, a location on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in the northern state of Borno, said Ibikunle Daramola, the air force’s spokesman, in a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja.
Daramola declined to give the accurate figure of Boko Haram militants killed in the raid. However, he said over 30 Boko Haram militants were spotted near a large building by other smaller structures at which the air force detailed its airstrikes to attack.
“The operation was conducted pursuant to credible intelligence reports indicating that the settlement was one of the locations being used by the terrorists as a staging area from where they launch attacks against troops positions in the southern part of the (Borno) state,” the spokesman said.
He said other terrorists who attempted to flee the location in disarray were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the fighter jets.
The Nigerian air force, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations against the terrorists in the northeast region, he added.
The northeast region has been destabilized for over a decade by Boko Haram, which most notoriously kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014.
Boko Haram is known for its agenda to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country. Enditem