The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has jet bombed a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) hideout in Bakassi settlement near Daban Masara on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State, killing several terrorists.
This was disclosed by the Director of Information and Public Relations, NAF, Ibukunle Daramola on Thursday.
He also disclosed thtat the ATF cordinated with with troops of 145 Battalion Nigerian Army (NA), and repelled a BHT attack at Gashigar.
The statement read in part “The attack on bakassi was carried out yesterday, 26 September 2018, following days of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of a group of buildings and makeshift shelters in the settlement that were being used by the terrorists as Tactical Headquarters from where they launch attacks against own troops’ positions.
“Accordingly, the location was attacked by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft leading to damage of some of the structures and neutralization of several terrorists.
“Also, later in the evening yesterday, the ATF received intelligence reports that a group of BHTs in several gun trucks and on motorcycles were advancing for an attack on own troops position at Gashigar.
“Consequently, a fighter jet and helicopter gunship, supported by an ISR platform, were scrambled to the location. The aircraft, in coordination with the ground troops, intercepted and destroyed some of the gun trucks and motorcycles while neutralizing some terrorists at the outskirts of the town.
“The helicopter gunship subsequently carried out several follow-up attack passes and continued to engage the remaining fleeing terrorists.
“The NAF, working in concert with surface forces, will sustain the momentum of operations with a view to destroying vestiges of the insurgents in the fringes of Lake Chad and other areas in Northern Borno.