Nigerian air force strikes Boko Haram gathering in northeast


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has attacked a Boko Haram terrorists meeting venue and killed several of their fighters in their Sambisa forest hideouts in northeast part of the country.

In a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos, NAF spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola said the operation was executed through the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Friday at Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa forest.

According to him, the attack was executed following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which were aimed at identifying locations housing the terrorists’ leadership as well as their rendezvous positions.

He added that intelligence derived from the ISR missions led to the designation of two buildings that served as assembly areas for the terrorists from where they launch attacks against troops and innocent civilians.

The spokesperson said the ATF detailed its ground attack aircraft to engage the hideout, scoring devastatingly accurate hits which led to the complete destruction of the two buildings as well as the neutralization of several terrorists.

Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the northeast.

Boko Haram has been trying since 2009 to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin. Enditem

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