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Warshale airstrikes: ATF obliterates terrorists’ structures, eliminates several fighters

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Defence Headquarters say, 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 air strikes executed by Operation Long Reach, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole which took place on 27 June 2020.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations disclosed this in a statement made available to News headquarter said the operation was carried out after credible intelligence reports as well as days of aerial surveillance missions established that the settlement was being used as staging area to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

According to Enenche, “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”.

Gen. Enenche noyed that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has since commended the ATF for their dedication and professionalism.

He further said, the Defence Headquarters have equally urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.

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