Airstrikes hit terrorists’ hideouts, kill criminals after new operation launched

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Defence Headquarters has confirmed the destruction of terrorists dwellings and the killing of scores of terrorists in different locations in Borno state after a deadly hit conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Hail Storm 2 immediately after it was launched.

The Defence Media Operations’ Coordinator, Maj. Gen. John Enenche announced this in a statement relayed to News Headquarter on Friday.

Enenche noted, “the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs’) hideouts and neutralized several of their fighters at Bula Sabo and Dole in Borno State.”

The operation, according to him in was conducted on 23 Sept. 2020.

The attack was to mark the launch of a new subsidiary Operation, tagged ‘Hail Storm 2’, which is an air interdiction operation aimed at taking out identified Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and BHT targets in the Lake Chad and Sambisa Forest areas of Borno State.

“The attack at Bula Sabo, on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest, was executed after credible intelligence reports indicated that a group of buildings in the settlement were being used as dwelling for some BHT commanders.

“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships, which scored devastating hits on the target buildings, including a logistics facility, which was seen engulfed in flames.

“In the same vein, Dole, which is located in the Yale-Kokiwa axis near Dikwa, was targeted because the settlement was being used by the terrorists as a venue to plan and launch attacks against locations in the surrounding areas.

“The NAF attack aircraft similarly engaged the location, inflicting heavy damage on the insurgents’ structures and neutralizing several fighters.” the statement read.

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