- An Air Force jet has destroyed a Boko Haram training camp in Northern Borno
- The attack on the training camp was undertaken on Thursday, October 11, on the heels of credible intelligence reports
- Several terrorists were neutralised in the attack, with others mopped up in subsequent strikes
- The Air Force, in concert with surface forces, is working to destroy remnants of the BHTs on the fringes of Lake Chad and other areas in Northern Borno
The Nigerian Air Force says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Training Camp in Malkonory, and also destroyed a BHT vehicle near Tumbun Rego in Northern Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, October 11, in Abuja, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said: “The attack on the training camp was undertaken on October 11, on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that several structures, cleverly camouflaged under thick vegetation in the settlement, were being used to harbour and train BHT fighters."
Daramola said that a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform subsequently confirmed features such as training dummies and trenches along with a large number of adult males within the camp.
“Consequently, the ATF detailed NAF Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the camp in successive strikes, resulting in the destruction of many of the structures, which were seen to be engulfed in flames, as well as the neutralisation of several BHTs,” he said.
The NAF spokesman said that the few surviving BHTs were mopped-up in subsequent follow-on attacks.
“Similarly, following intelligence reports indicating the presence of BHT vehicles on the move around Matari village along the Metele-Kangarawa-Tumbun Rego axis on October 9, a NAF ISR platform was detailed to reconnoiter the area and subsequently spotted one of the BHT vehicles, a gun truck, along the road heading towards Tumbun Rego.
“Accordingly, an Alpha Jet aircraft was scrambled to attack the vehicle, with direct hits recorded on the target, leading to the destruction of the gun truck,” he said.
The spokesman said that the NAF, working in concert with surface forces, would sustain the momentum of operations with a view to destroying remnants of the BHTs on the fringes of Lake Chad and other areas in Northern Borno.
In a similar development, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force said its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole destroyed a Boko Haram hideout at a settlement known as Bakassi near Daban Masara on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, said the operation followed days of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
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