The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that it has conducted air strikes against Boko Haram Terrorists killing scores of insurgents in the air operations.
Its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that the air strikes were carried out after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform has established Boko Haram activities in the area.
AVM Adesanya said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in the night of 13 April 2018, successfully destroyed some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicles at a location, about 12km East of AREGE, in the Lake Chad Region.
“Earlier on, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had discovered BHT activities, with some vehicles mounted with guns, moving within the location.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed NAF Mi-35M Helicopter gunships to conduct Air Interdiction strikes to take out the targets.
“Overhead the location, the attack platform acquired, interdicted and neutralised the targets with rockets and cannons.
“The subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) revealed that at the end of the attack, a BHT gun truck, with its entire occupants, was completely destroyed and engulfed in fire. Another BHT vehicle was damaged and immobilised as a result of the attack while several BHTs were killed in the process.
“The NAF continues to provide adequate air support, through the ATF of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, by conducting a range of air operations to create the necessary environment for ground operations to continue apace.”