Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force has reportedly killed many insurgents during airstrikes on the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
The Defence headquarters said air interdiction missions carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued to deal decisive blows on the terrorist elements in the North-East.
The DHQ spokesman, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Tuesday, said the NAF jets bombed “the ‘S’ region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest” on Monday.
The statement was titled, ‘Air Task Force destroys hideout, neutralizes several terrorists at Sambisa Forest, Borno State’.
It stated, “The airstrike, which was executed employing a force package of Nigerian Air Force fighter jets, was carried out after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions revealed that the terrorists responsible for recent attacks in the Southern part of Borno and Northern part of Adamawa State had originated from the location.
“Accordingly, the NAF attack aircraft engaged the target area in successive passes, leading to the destruction of some of their structures and logistics stores, including a suspected anti-aircraft gun station as the terrorists fired at the NAF aircraft.
“Several insurgents were also neutralised in the process.”
A 53-second footage showed the aircraft dropping bombs on the target location.