By Victor Akaa, Abuja
Defence Headquarters say, a Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs) logistics base has been destroyed and scores of their fighters neutralized in another set of successful air interdiction missions executed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole under the subsidiary Operation Long Reach.
This operation was carried out on 25 June 2020, at Tongule and Bukar Meram in Borno State.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator,Defence Media Operations in a statement relayed to News headquarter said, the air strikes were conducted after series of surveillance missions indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities at the 2 settlements.
Enenche explained that, the Air Task Force dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to engage the 2 locations.
He said,at Tongule, where recent credible intelligence indicated frequent convergence of BHTs, about 35 terrorists were spotted by the NAF surveillance aircraft in different parts of the settlement as it vectored the fighter jets to attack the target area. The munitions from the jets hit designated areas within the settlement, destroying some structures and taking out many of the terrorists.
He also added that at Bukar Meram, a BHT logistics hub on the fringes of the Lake Chad, the air strikes, which were carefully timed and executed in multiple waves for maximum effects, resulted in the obliteration of designated portions of the terrorists’ facilities.
Also ,Several of their fighters were also killed in the process.
The Coordinator has however relayed the commendation of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to 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.