Fight against Boko Haram takes new twist as NAF deploys more men
- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had been successful in its fight against Boko Haram terrorists
- NAF also gave reasons for increasing its number of officers to the north-east
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the introduction of additional measures to increase its operational capability in the ongoing battle against terrorists in the north-east.
The NAF revealed in a statement obtained by Legit.ng that the measures include the deployment of additional special forces and personnel of the Regiment Specialty to fight alongside the Nigerian Army troops and others already on ground.
“In addition, the NAF has deployed thermal imaging cameras aimed at adding more value to the current efforts at detecting and checkmating the activities of suic*de bombers before they carry out their suic*de missions.
“This follows the spate of suic*de bombings that have been recently recorded in Maiduguri.
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“The thermal imaging camera uses infrared and reads temperature differences up to an appreciable distance away and can identify a person at an acceptable distance.
“The cameras, which are mounted on NAF aircraft, can also penetrate obscurants such as smoke, fog and haze,” the statement by Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, director of NAF public relations and information, said.
The NAF said its war against Boko Haram had yielded positive results.
“The focus has largely been the conduct of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as interdiction missions on identified BHT targets.
“This is in addition to range of other air operations and humanitarian intervention schemes aimed at winning the heart and minds of the populace in the conflict areas.
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“The NAF remains appreciative of the support it is enjoying from Nigerians in its efforts at putting an end to the madness in the North East Geopolitical Zone of our country,” NAF said.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed an armed helicopter with force protection elements and other logistics support to Kafanchan as part of efforts to ensure lasting peace in Southern Kaduna.
It was gathered that the deployment, which is at the instance of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, would complement the efforts of the surface forces already on ground to keep peace in the area.
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