Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) has recorded significant loses as the Air Task Force(AT) of operation lafiya dole conducted air raids at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State which left scores of insurgents dead.
This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Ibukunle Daramola
He stated that the attacks were conducted in successive waves, involving Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7Ni and Alpha Jet combat aircraft as well as Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships supported by Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, resulting in the destruction of a BHT vehicle and neutralization of scores of insurgents.
The statement read “Characteristic of the insurgents’ tactics, the BHT fighters were initially well camouflaged under foliage and inside abandoned buildings within the settlement.
“However, timely intelligence enabled the ISR platforms to track and locate one of the BHT vehicles as it was entering the settlement. The vehicle was engaged and destroyed by the attack aircraft.
“Subsequent waves of attack targeted the scores of insurgents that emerged from their hiding places after the attack on the vehicle. These were engaged in turns by the attack aircraft and neutralized.
“In another development, the ATF conducted several ISR and Close Air Support missions throughout the night of 12 and early morning of 13 September 2018 in support of troops of the 145 Nigerian Army Battalion, ensuring that the BHTs’ attack at Damasak was thwarted.
The statement informed that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was in Maiduguri to assess progress of the operation as well as boost the morale of the frontline troops.
Here are the photo highlights and video of the air raids against Boko Haram terrorists in battle of Damasak:
The statement continued “He seized the opportunity to commend the Command personnel of the ATF for their efforts while urging them to sustain the momentum of operations with a view to locating and destroying all remnants of the insurgents within the fringes of Lake Chad and other areas in Northern Borno”