Many Boko Haram structures in Warshale, Borno State, has been destroyed in a recent airstrike by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Defence Headquarters has confirmed.
A statement on Monday by Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations confirmed several Boko Haram fighters were also killed in the airstrike.
The multiple airstrikes were carried out on 27th June as part of a subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after credible intelligence reports, Naija News understands.
“The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has dealt another decisive blow on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the North East of Nigeria with the destruction of several of their structures and neutralization of their fighters at Warshale in the Northern part of Borno State.
“This was achieved through airstrikes executed on 27th June 2020 as part of subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after credible intelligence reports as well as days of aerial surveillance missions established that the settlement was being used as a staging area to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.
“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the location.
“The NAF jets scored devastating hits in their multiple waves of attacks resulting in the destruction of several structures in the settlement as well as the neutralization of some of the terrorists.
The troops have been commended by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar for their dedication and professionalism in dealing with the insurgents.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the ATF for their dedication and professionalism. The Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country,” Enenche’s statement added.