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Airstrikes destroy terrorist stronghold in Sambisa

Troops of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed one of the strongholds of Boko Haram terrorist leaders killing scores of their fighters in separate airstrikes conducted at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa Forest Area of Borno State.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, confirmed the operation in a statement on Monday.

General Enenche noted that sequel to intelligence reports indicating a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in Parisu and Bula Bello settlements, the air interdiction missions were carried out immediately by Operation Long Reach Il, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole as part of on-going operations to rid out terrorists in the region

He explained that Parisu, which is one of the strongholds for the BHT Commanders, has its booby-trapped access routes, fortified checkpoints and structures camouflaged under the forest vegetation,
while recent aerial surveillance missions also showed increased activities of the terrorists in a cluster of structures in the middle of Bula Bello.

According to him, the Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the 2 locations.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets, while taking turns to engage the targets, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists”. He said.

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