The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Wednesday it used remotely piloted aircraft to destroy emerging Boko Haram vehicle workshop in the Sambisa general area.
It added that Boko Haram members who were within the vicinity of the target area were killed in the operation as well.
A statement issued by the Director of Information and Public Relations of NAF, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the operation was carried out after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform had established the presence of the insurgents and their facilities in the area.
The statement reads: “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), on 15 January 2018, successfully destroyed an emerging Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicle workshop in the Sambisa general area.
“A NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform had previously discovered that BHT vehicles were parked in the location. Consequently, a NAF RPA was detailed to conduct armed reconnaissance in search of BHT vehicles and terrorists around the location, which was apparently being used as a vehicle workshop.
“The RPA discovered that BHT motorcycles and vehicles, including a BHT Commander’s vehicle were parked in the targeted area. Additionally, several terrorists were seen moving intermittently within the targeted area.
“The subsequent air strike by the NAF RPA resulted in the immediate destruction of the vehicles in the targeted location, killing all the BHTs inside it, as no survivors were seen scampering from the location after impact.”