The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has neutralized several Boko Haram/Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in air strikes in the Tumbuns on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno.
The Director, Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He said the air strikes obliterated the terrorists’ hideouts, destroyed their structures and strategic logistics’ base in the region.
According to Gabkwet, Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Shitu were struck between Sept. 27 and Sept. 30 after confirmation of the terrorists’ activities which constituted a threat to military formations and law-abiding Nigerians residing within the locations.
Terrorists were seen loading jerricas at Tumbun Fulani in two guntrucks that were hidden by bushes.
The area, which was thought to be a significant supply base, was afterwards intercepted by NAF aircraft that had been dispatched.
According to Gabkwet after the strike, Battle Damage Assessment revealed several terrorists were neutralised and the guntrucks destroyed.
He said that similar strikes were also undertaken at Tumbun Shitu after structures believed to be terrorists’ hideout were observed tucked under thick foliage.
NAF spokesman said that three-gun trucks with terrorists were sighted moving into the location, adding that the need to strike the location thus became imperative.
He said the aftermath of the air strike revealed that several terrorists were neutralized and the trucks destroyed.
“The determination of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to significantly limit the activities of terrorists in the Northeast and indeed other parts of Nigeria remains on course.
“Operational gains by the AFN are indicative of improved synergy and cooperation by all security agencies as well as the unwavering support of all Nigerians,” he said.