By Ajogwu Jerry
The Nigerian Air Force Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in a combined operation with the Nigerien Air Force on Sunday launched a coordinated air strike on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) locations at AREGE and TUMBUN RAGO in Borno State.
According to a statement issued by the Director of Public
Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, the successful attacks followed reports received sequel to an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission conducted by an aircraft belonging to Nigerien Air Force, which revealed Boko Haram Terrorists activities at AREGE and TUMBUN RAGO in the North East.
The statement reads in part:
“The ATF detailed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft to conduct Air Interdiction strikes on the locations while the ISR aircraft from Niger provided necessary support and also conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).
“The subsequent BDA revealed that during the first wave of attacks at AREGE, several vehicles belonging to BHTs were totally destroyed, killing all the occupants in the process.
“Furthermore, the NAF fighter aircraft crushed fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists in subsequent waves of attack”.
The Air Force spokesman said the Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft and the ISR aircraft from Niger again combined to successfully attack Boko Haram Terrorist locations at TUMBUM RAGO.
He revealed that the combined operations by the air forces of both countries are part of renewed efforts at clearing Boko Haram elements from their known locations in Northeast Nigeria.