- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) continues to deal a huge blow to terrorists in Borno state
- The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has degraded an Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists’ hideout
- Some of the group's leaders and fighters were also neutralized during the operation on the fringes of Lake Chad
The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has significantly degraded an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ hideout and neutralized some of its leaders and fighters at Magari on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno state.
A statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, April 2 by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola revealed that this was accomplished in an air interdiction mission conducted on Monday, April 1 following credible intelligence reports.
The reports had indicated that some senior ISWAP leaders arrived the settlement on Friday, March 30 along with some of their fighters.
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Part of the statement read: “Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions conducted over the weekend confirmed increased level of human activities in the settlement with a prominent ISWAP flag observed near 2 compounds in the settlement indicating the presence of high level leaders of the aect.
“Accordingly, 2 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, supported by an ISR platform, were dispatched to attack the identified compounds within the settlement.
“Overhead the target area, some terrorists were observed in the vicinity of the compounds. The bombs from the 2 Alpha Jets recorded direct hits on the target compounds resulting in destruction of several structures, which were seen engulfed in flames. Several of the terrorists were also neutralized in the process.”
Watch the operation below:
Meanwhile, in a bid to further boost security in Nasarawa, the state government has allocated about 100 hectares of land to the NAF for the establishment of a Base in Lafia.
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This was made known on Monday, April 1, when the Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, and other top government functionaries from the state, paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in his office at Headquarters Nigerian Air Force (HQ NAF).
Speaking during the visit, Governor Al-Makura stated that he was at HQ NAF as a follow up to the various visits made by the CAS to Nasarawa state at the time the state was beset with security challenges.
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