- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it successfully launched the attack on a major base belonging to the Boko Haram after surveillance
- The Air Force said its jets carried out the bombardment at the base located in Sambisa, the area of the north-east covering a vast forest
The Nigerian Air Force has reported it achieved success in the destroying a Boko Haram logistic base in Sambisa, an area which houses a vast forest.
“On 16 May 2017, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in the Sambisa general area as part of ongoing efforts to clear the area of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists group,” a statement from the force said.
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The statement obtained by our correspondent said during the ISR mission, a black vehicle and some Boko Haram terrorists were seen on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.
“A confirmatory ISR mission on 17 May 2017 revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists are attempting to build a logistics base in the location.
“Accordingly, Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft were immediately called in to carry out strikes on the location,” the statement added.
Watch the video released by the Nigerian Air Force below:
The Air Force added that subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that some of the structures and vehicles in the location were engulfed in an inferno and destroyed.
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“In addition, several Boko Haram terrorists within the structures under the tree were possibly killed by the strikes,” the statement said.
Recall that the Nigerian Air Force had recently frustrated attempts by the Boko Haram terrorists to regroup in the Sambisa general area.
Watch this video of an earlier bombardment of a Boko Haram base by the Nigerian Air Force: