The Nigerian air force (NAF) said Wednesday that it has launched a special military operation targeted at wiping out terrorist elements in the restive northeast part of the country.
The operation, which commenced on Tuesday, would target selected locations within the northeast to further degrade terrorist remnants to deny them freedom of action, NAF spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement.
Air strikes by NAF attack aircraft on Tuesday resulted in the destruction of an Islamic State of West Africa Province hideout as well as the neutralization of some of their fighters at Tongule, in the Lake Chad area of northern Borno, he said.
The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its air campaign to shape the battle space in the northeast for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations, Daramola said.
The northeast region of Nigeria has been destabilized for over a decade by Boko Haram, which is known for its agenda to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country.
The group has launched attacks on military targets in northeastern Nigeria, killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands. Enditem