Boko Haram: Air Force destroys terrorists’ base in Sambisa Forest

Ismaila Sanni
Ismaila Sanni
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The Nigerian Air Force’s Air Task Force, ATF, of Operation Lafiya Dole, on Monday destroyed a Boko Haram’s logistics base in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

The destruction was carried out through an air raid after a series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which revealed a resurgence of human and vehicular activities at the logistics base.

The base, it was gathered, had hitherto been abandoned.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola  who is the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who gave the information said:

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“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location.

“Overhead the target area, several structures and vehicles were seen camouflaged under the thick vegetation of the Forest, with significant human activity observed within the area.

“The attack aircraft recorded direct hits on the target area resulting in the destruction of several structures and neutralisation of some BHTs.”

He said the terrorists who survived the air raid fled the scene.

Some of them were however mopped up in subsequent attacks, Daramola added.

Meanwhile, troops of Operation Egwu Eke III, have rescued two kidnap victims around Owerrinta general area of Abia.

Deputy Director, Public Relations of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sagir Musa, said the success followed a distress call at about 5 p.m. on January 22 that alerted troops of a kidnap incident at Ubakala Junction along Owerrinta general area of Abia.

According to him, troops of Sector 2, Sub-sector Charlie successfully cordoned and searched the area.

As a result, the kidnappers abandoned their victims – Mrs Loveth Nonye Ofoegbu and Mr Kaodi Onuaha.

“The rescued persons have been handed over to the Police Command in Abia for further actions,’’ he said.

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