The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has significantly degraded an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ hideout at Magari on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.
The NAF said some of the terrorists’ leaders and fighters were neutralised during the attack.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Daramola said the attack was accomplished in an air interdiction mission conducted on Monday following credible intelligence reports indicating that some senior ISWAP leaders arrived the settlement on Friday, 30 April 2019, along with some of their fighters.
He said: “Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions conducted over the weekend confirmed increased level of human activities in the settlement with a prominent ISWAP flag observed near two compounds in the settlement indicating the presence of high level leaders of the Sect.
“Accordingly, two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, supported by an ISR platform, were dispatched to attack the identified compounds within the settlement.”
“Overhead the target area, some terrorists were observed in the vicinity of the compounds. The bombs from the two Alpha Jets recorded direct hits on the target compounds resulting in destruction of several structures, which were seen engulfed in flames. Several of the terrorists were also neutralized in the process.
“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its operations against the terrorists in the Northeast,” he added.W