Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 28 October 2017 | 1,953 times
The Nigerian Air Force said it has bombarded Boko Haram enclaves in Sambisa forest with air strikes from five aircraft resulting in heavy causalities since the commencement of Operation Ruwan Wuta II.
The NAF said within three days of the rain of fire on the insurgents in the Northeast, their structures have been destroyed, while survivors who were fleeing the target areas were neutralised with rockets and cannons.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that the air interdiction were meant to clear remnants of the insurgents from their various hideouts in the Northeast.
The statement reads: “In continuation of Operation Ruwan Wuta II, the NAF has continued to rain significant fire on Boko Haram terrorists locations, with intensive day and night aerial bombardments.
“On October 24, 2017, the second day of the Operation, the NAF conducted an air interdiction mission on the BHT-infested settlement of Ghata Musa, located about 16 kilometres Northwest of Magadali.
“The location was observed to have significant BHT activities, indicative of its use as a hideout for the insurgents. The air interdiction was conducted by five aircraft namely 2 F-7Ni aircraft, armed with bombs and three Alpha Jet aircraft, armed with a combination of bombs, rockets and cannons.
“Two Alpha Jet aircraft and two F-Ni aircraft took turns to pound the location with bombs, destroying some structures and sending a few BHT survivors fleeing from the location.
“Thereafter, the third Alpha Jet aircraft returned to strafe the location with rockets and cannons, neutralising some fleeing insurgents in the process.
“On Day 3 of the operation, the NAF conducted another air interdiction mission on a BHT structure in Parisu, which is the north-eastern gateway into the Sambisa forest.
“The target building in Parisu was confirmed to be a BHT hideout and subsequently earmarked for attack. Four NAF aircraft namely 2 x F-7Ni aircraft, armed with bombs and 2 x Alpha Jet aircraft, armed with bombs and rockets, conducted the air interdiction.
"One Alpha Jet aircraft and the 2 x F-7Ni aircraft took turns to attack the location with bombs, thereby destroying the target structure.
“This was followed up with rockets and cannons’ attack of the target area, by the second Alpha jet aircraft, after which no terrorist movement was further observed at the location.
“Operation Operation Ruwan Wuta II, which was initiated by the NAF leadership, is part of efforts to further decimate the ability of the BHTs to freely operate and to give advantage to our surface forces.”
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