- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is not resting on its oars in its operations in the northeast
- The NAF have commenced the conduct of Operation Thunder Strike
- The mission is geard towards attacking selected Boko Haram terrorists locations in the region
On Monday, May 14, the Air Task Force commenced the conduct of Operation Thunder Strike.
Legit.ng gathered that the operation is an independent air interdiction by the NAF to attack selected Boko Haram terrorists locations in the northeast, which are currently inaccessible to own troops on account of the onset of the rainy season.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the NAF spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokumbo Adesanya, several targets have already been successfully acquired with encouraging results.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is currently in Maiduguri to enable him have firsthand information on the operation, which is still ongoing.
The operation is coming days after the NAF deployed 150 personnel of its special forces to its newly established 23 Quick Response Wing (QRW) in Nguroje, Sarduana local government council in Taraba state.
Air Vice Marshal Abubakar, who addressed the troops in Jalingo before their departure, urged the personnel to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
Just recently, a NAF Alpha Jet neutralized scores of Boko Haram terrorists while providing close air support to ground troops.
The air strike followed calls from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division of the Nigerian Army that troops conducting clearance operations at Koleram in Borno state had come in contact with the insurgents.
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