NAF Bombards Boko Haram Hideouts in Sambisa Forest

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Paul Obi in Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified aerial bombardment of Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, “In the closing stages of Operation Rywan Wuta II, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) continued to rain significant fire on Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs) hideouts, with intensive day and night aerial bombardments.
“The NAF conducted an air interdiction mission on a blue-roofed structure in Talala, a BHT-infested location in Sambisa.”

He explained that “intelligence reports from NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms as well as Human Intelligence had revealed that a sizeable number of BHTs were holding a meeting in the blue-roofed building. Consequently, a NAF fighter aircraft was scrambled to attack the building.”
Adesanya added that “subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the building and its occupants were neutralised as a result of the air strike.

“The NAF had initiated Operation Ruwan Wuta II, on October 23 to further decimate the ability of the BHTs to freely operate with a view to giving advantage to our surface forces and thereby frustrate the efforts of the BHTs to recapture any Nigerian territory,” Adesanya stated.
Army kills Dozens of Boko Haram, Rescues 6-year-old boy
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it nutrialised dozens of Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush, while they were attempting to cross over to Sambisa Forest.

Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations, who disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri, said many of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds.
Usman said troops of 151 Battalion also rescued a six-year-old boy, when troops laid ambush on fleeing terrorist along Banki-Bula Yobe Road in Bama Local Government Area of Borno.

According to him, items which includes, eight bicycles, blankets, Jerricans, plates, mats, spanners, cutlasses, clothes, and a pair of Boko Haram terrorists Special Forces Uniform were recovered from the insurgents.
He added that the troops’ ‘Operation Lafiya Dole,’ had continued to gain successes in it clearance operations under the Operation ‘Deep Punch 2’ in Sambisa Forest.