The Operation Thunder Strike 2, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, has on Sunday, destroyed some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) facilities and neutralized several insurgents at Bukar Meram and Tumbun Allura, both on the fringes of Lake Chad, Borno State.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated that the attack at Bukar Meram was conducted based on credible human intelligence reports indicating the presence of some BHTs, along with their equipment, within the settlement.
Daramola said this was subsequently confirmed by successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
He said the ATF detailed a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft and helicopter gunship to carry out air interdiction at the location. Two of the identified locations were subsequently destroyed in strikes by the NAF aircraft and several BHTs neutralized.
In the same vein, he said the ISR missions had indicated that some BHTs were attempting to regroup at another location in Tumbun Allura after their bases in the settlement were destroyed on September 4, 2018.
Consequently, he said, the identified location within the town was attacked and destroyed by a combination of NAF Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft to further ensure the insurgents are unable to resume using the settlement as a base of operation.
He said the NAF, working in concert with surface forces, will sustain the momentum of Operation Thunder Strike 2 with a view to seeking out and destroying vestiges of the insurgents in the Lake Chad green fringes.