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Air Force jet strikes Boko Haram base in Yobe; troops kill Ameer, 18 other terrorists, rescue 67 hostages

By News Express on 21/03/2016

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Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft has successfully attacked suspected Boko Haram Logistics Base at Allagarno. The attack took place last Friday, March 18, Director of Public Relations & Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said.

“The target was selected after careful Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) by NAF Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV),” the NAF Spokesman said in a statement issued today in Abuja.

According to him, “The mission, which was carried out in support of surface forces in order to further degrade the fighting capacity of the remnants of the insurgents, was successful as can be seen in the video of the Battlefield Damage Assessment (BDA) carried out by the UCAV. The target was probably an ammunition depot, a fuel dump or a facility housing other combustible materials.

“This effort is likely to create certain logistics constraints for the terrorists along the Allagarno axis. This is a follow-up to other interdiction missions previously carried out in Sambisa Forest, Kumshe, Iza and other suspected terrorists’ hide-outs. So far, the NAF has carried out a total of 55 missions comprising 14 ISR, 30 interdiction/combat air support and 11 air logistics support missions in the month of March 2016.”

In another development, elements of 22 Brigade Garrison carried out clearing operation at Dalore camp on Sunday in which they killed  19 Boko Haram terrorists among whom was Ameer of Dalore.

“The troops also captured 2 AK-47 Rifles, 1 Small Machine Gun and 1 Hand Grenade and recovered 4 pickup vehicles,” Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said this morning in a statement.

“The troops also rescued 67 hostages from the terrorists. The freed hostages are undergoing screening at Internally Displaced Persons in Dikwa,” he said but regretted that “unfortunately, during the operation the troops Mine Resistant Anti-Personnel (MRAP) vehicle ran into an Improvised Explosive Device and had a damaged tyre.”

Photo shows NAF Alpha Jet on an anti-Boko Haram mission.

Source News Express

Posted 21/03/2016 3:22:59 PM

 

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