•Destroys terrorists’ vehicles, logistics base
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aerial assault on Saturday, has halted Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from carrying out planned attacks at Gudumbali and Damasak towns of Borno State, North East Nigeria.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated that Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, over the night of September 14 and early morning of September 15, 2018, tracked and destroyed some BHT vehicles as they were attempting to launch fresh attacks on ground troops locations at Gudumbali and Damasak.
Daramola said the mission was initiated following intelligence reports indicating that a convoy of BHT vehicles had been sighted within the Damasak – Gudumbali Axis.
According to him, NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform was dispatched to search for and locate the convoy of vehicles.
He said the ISR aircraft spotted vehicles at a location 24 Km SW of Gudumbali heading in a Northwards direction. Consequently, he said a helicopter gunship was scrambled to attack the convoy.
“The helicopter arrived the location and was vectored to the position of the vehicles, which, at the time, were about midway between Nigerian Army (NA) locations at Metele and Arege. Following communications with ground troops, the BHT vehicles were positively identified, isolated and attacked by the helicopter gunship in successive strikes. In the process, four of the vehicles were immobilized and their occupants neutralized.
“The ISR aircraft continued to track the remaining five vehicles, which initially dispersed but later regrouped and continued their retreat to Tumbun Rego. They were subsequently attacked at their harbour location by the freshly rearmed helicopter gunship; with three direct hits recorded on the vehicles,” he stated.
Daramola said a follow-up attack on the newly discovered insurgents’ logistics base in Tumbun Rego was conducted by two Alpha Jet aircraft later in the morning today.
He stated that a makeshift buildings and other facilities in the base were accordingly destroyed in the air strike.
He stressed that NAF, working in concert with surface forces, will sustain the momentum of operations with a view to destroying vestiges of the insurgents in the Lake Chad green fringes and other areas in Northern Borno.
Here is the short video clip of the attacks, which is declassified for public: