The Nigerian Air Force has bombarded a hideout of Boko Haram terrorists in Daban Masara area of Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
Director of Air Force Public of Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Air Commodore Daramola, who attached a video of the operation, added that the attack on the insurgents’ camp was conducted on Friday by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“The surgical air strikes were conducted on the strength of credible intelligence which indicated that remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) on the Lake Chad Islands were hiding out in settlements at the Southern part of the lake, including Daban Masara, and were amassing in some buildings for a meeting,” he said.
Daramola said an air interdiction mission was consequently planned and executed to destroy two out of the green-roofed buildings that were identified as rendezvous points for the insurgents within Daban Masara.
Upon receiving the intelligence, he noted that the ATF dispatched a NAF Alpha Jet aircraft, along with an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, to attack the two buildings where the terrorists were said to have gathered with bombs.
The Air Commodore added, “Overhead the area of interest, the Alpha Jet successfully released its bombs on the targets in successive strikes, leading to massive destruction of the target buildings as well as the neutralisation of several BHTs.”
In a similar development, he said the recently launched Operation Diran Mikiya recorded some early successes following the death of several armed bandits terrorising communities in Zamfara State.
The Air Force spokesperson revealed that the bandits were killed during air strikes near Mashema Village and at another location in Yanmari area of Zamfara.
He said troops on the ground had come in contact with a group of bandits in Mashema and requested for an air support.
In close coordination with the troops, the combat aircraft engaged the bandits’ location with rockets and cannons, killing several of them in the process while those who fled were neutralised in follow-up attacks.