The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft has bombarded the new camps established by the Boko Haram terrorists in the northern part of Borno State. The Director of Public Relations (DAPR), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, in a statement yesterday, said a night operation conducted on Monday, successfully destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in Northern Borno. Famuyiwa said the new camp is about 4 to 6 kilometres away from the terrorists location attacked earlier on August 20, 2016 by NAF Mi-17 helicopter within the same vicinity in a similar night operation that led to the death of about 300 insurgents.
He stated that “the post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission revealed that surviving terrorists had converged on the new location.” The information, he said, was later confirmed to be true by series of follow-up Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the strike.
He recalled that the general area around Malam Fatori and Kangarwa is infested with terrorists hence the need to clear their remnants in the area. The DOPRI stressed that “air assault is therefore expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate.” Meanwhile, he said NAF Alpha Jets have helped to repel an attack by terrorists on troops of 153 Battalion who were on fighting patrol at Ala Lumshe. Famuyiwa disclosed that the troops on August 20, 2016, had come under attack from terrorists about four kilometres south of Marte when the Alpha Jets were called-in to dislodge the insurgents.