- The Nigerian Air Force fighter jets have sustained their military operations around the Lake Chad area
- The air wing of the Nigerian military continued its onslaught on terrorists and on islands and localities around the area
- Using a mix of bombs and rockets, the jets carried out a series of strikes and scored devastating hits on the targets
Lake Chad - Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai have continued on Wednesday, October 20, launched airstrikes on about 20 boats with suspected Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists converging for a meeting on an Island in the Tumbuns on the Lake Chad and Malam Fatori areas.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet noted that three NAF aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai were scrambled to carry out strikes on the targets after intelligence reports.
Part of the statement read:
“Reaching overhead the targets, the pilots observed a gathering of about 20 boats consisting of 5-7 suspected terrorists in each boat.
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“Using a mix of bombs and rockets, the 3 aircraft carried out a series of strikes and scored devastating hits on the targets leaving some survivors scrambling for their lives.
“The operation by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai yet again confirms the high concentration of terrorist and insurgent elements hibernating in the Lake Chad general area.
“Working alongside the Army and Naval components as well as other security agencies under Operation HADIN KAI, the air component will continue to sustain its operation until the area is rid of all terrorists and insurgents.”
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The information was revealed in a statement sent to Legit.ng by the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
According to the statement, a NAF helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis.