Paul Obi in Abuja
Following the recent acquisition of an MI-35M helicopter gunship by he Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the force has hit several Boko Haram targets, neutralising the terroristsâ€™ operation.
With the purchase of the new gunship, the sir force has continued to intensify clearance operations in the North-east region.
According to NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, â€œthe Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation Lafiya Dole conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in Parisu, Borno State.
â€œDuring the ISR mission, a large structure with solar panels and flags suspected to harbour high value Boko Haram terrorists was discovered, alongside other similar Boko Haram structures hidden under trees.â€
Adesanya explained that â€œtwo attack helicopters; the Mi-17 and the newly inducted day and night, all weather gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind were scrambled to conduct strikes on the location in succession.
â€œSubsequent battle damage assessment revealed that several structures in the target area were engulfed in fire as a result of the strikes and a few Boko Haram survivors were seen scampering from the location.â€
In another development, Adesanya stated that â€œNAF helicopter gunships have also destroyed nine hidden barges with stolen oil products in several creeks within the Niger Delta under the framework of Operation Delta Safe.
â€œThe destruction of the barges is aimed at making the stealing of the nationâ€™s oil products futile, dangerous and unattractive,â€ he observed.