Paul Obi in Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) under Operation Lafiya Dole in a combined operation with the Nigerien Air Force has launched a coordinated air strike on Boko Haram terroristsâ€™ locations at Arege and Tumbun Rago in Borno State.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, explained that â€œthe 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 Haramâ€™s activities at Arege and Tumbun Rago.
â€œConsequently, the ATF detailed 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).â€
Adesanya observed that â€œthe subsequent BDA revealed that during the first wave of attacks at AREGE, several vehicles belonging to the terrorists were totally destroyed, killing all the occupants in the process.
â€œFurthermore, the NAF fighter aircraft neutralised fleeing terrorists in subsequent waves of attack.
â€œThereafter, NAF fighter aircraft and the ISR aircraft from Niger again combined to successfully attack Boko Haram locations at Tumbum Rago. â€œ
â€œThe combined operations by the air forces of both countries are part of renewed efforts at clearing Boko Haram elements from their known locations in North-east Nigeria,â€ Adesanya added.