The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has n furtherance of the recently commenced Operation Ruwan Wuta, on September 7, 2017, destroyed strategic Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) locations near the Lake Chad region of the North East.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Olatokunbo Adesanya, on Monday, said NAF conducted air interdiction on structures with 2 hoisted Boko Haram flags in Zanari.
Adesanya said the area is “a known location with significant Boko Haram terrorists presence at the northern fringes of Borno State bordering Lake Chad”.
He noted that quite a number of terrorists had earlier been spotted, from a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform, entering the buildings apparently for meetings.
“The F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet aircraft were detailed to attack the target. Overhead the location, the target was acquired and engaged by the 2 aircraft, in rapid succession. Subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the targeted structures went up in flames, killing its occupants,” he said.
The DOPRI stressed that thr objective of Operation Ruwan Wuta is to further degrade the capability of the BHTs thereby preventing them from regrouping to cause havoc for our surface forces.
He said the operation also aims at softening the ground for our surface forces to subsequently move in and conduct mopping up operations.