The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has disclosed that Air Task Force of “ Operation “Lafiya Dole” has been carrying out successful massive day and night attacks against remaining Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and their location, near Arra in Borno.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
Daramola explained that the attacks, which were preceded by days of intensive Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, were planned and executed based on credible intelligence indicating that the BHTs were making moves to regroup around the fringes of Sambisa.
”The first air strike was a daytime mission executed on Aug.10 at a location 4.5 Km Northwest of Arra around the fringes of Sambisa, where ISR had confirmed that BHTs were regrouping to launch attacks against our troops in the general area.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed an Alpha Jet to attack the location. Overhead the area of interest, the Alpha Jet acquired and engaged targets, destroying parts of the settlement and neutralizing several BHTs.
”Intelligence reports later revealed that some of the surviving BHTs had converged at another location 4.8Km West of Arra.
”Consequently, the ATF deployed Mi-35M helicopter gunships for a night attack on the new location on Aug. 18 resulting in the death of dozens of BHTs,” he said