The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Friday said it had destroyed Boko Haram structures in Bama, Gobara, in its ongoing â€œOperation Thunder Strikeâ€™â€™ against the insurgents in the North East.
The NAFâ€™s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM. Olatokunbo Adesanya, who confirmed this in a statement in Abuja, said the air interdiction was carried out on Tuesday.
â€œOn the second day of the ongoing operation `Thunder Strikeâ€™, the Air Task Force (ATF) operation Lafiya Dole successfully conducted air interdiction on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) infested location, 13 Nautical Miles North East of Bama.
â€œA Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had previously observed significant BHT presence in the location.
â€œAccordingly, the ATF detailed a combination of fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships to attack the insurgentsâ€™ position.
â€œOverhead the location, the attack platforms took turns to unleash their ordinance on the targets while the NAF ISR aircraft conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA),â€ he said.
He said at the end of attacks, the BDA revealed the target structures to have been destroyed and engulfed in fire while the occupying terrorists were neutralised.
According to Adesanya, the Air Task Force later in the day, in continuation of the operation, successfully conducted another attack on a location in Gobara, 15km Northwest of Gwoza.
â€œPrevious ISR report had indicated that the location served as a hideout for the insurgents.
â€œConsequently, NAF fighter aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the location.
â€œThe fighter jets acquired and took turns to strafe the location, destroying the building and killing most of the BHTs in the process.
â€œAfter the attacks, the BDA revealed that some other adjoining BHT structures and hideouts were equally destroyed,â€ he said.
NAF commenced its ongoing operation Thunder Strike on Monday in the North East. (NAN)