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NAF airstrikes eliminate terrorists, destroy weapons in Borno

By Sumaila Ogbaje

Abuja, Jan. 7, 2024

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says  efforts by  air and ground components of Operation Hadin Kai to clear the Northeast of remnants of terrorists within the Northeast region,  have continued to record series of successes.

The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, AVM Edward Gabkwet, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said that one of such successful operations occurred on Jan. 5,  at Parisu after terrorists were, for days, observed moving items suspected to be weapons and ammunition to the area.

He said that Parisu, a location near Sambisa Forest, was once a terrorist enclave deserted after own troops had cleared the area of terrorists’ activities.

He said the convergence of terrorists within the location raised suspicion of their intent and plan, hence the directive to strike the location.

According to him, the aftermath of the strikes led to a huge ball of flames from two adjacent spots within the vicinity, while some surviving terrorists were observed scampering for safety.

“Feedback also revealed that 12 terrorists were neutralised in the strike, and their logistics destroyed, thereby degrading their ability to attack soft targets and own troops.

“Similar strikes were also carried out at a location about 1.5Km Southwest of Tumbun Agiri within the Tumbuns in the Lake Chad region on Jan. 6.

“Intelligence gathered over time had revealed the continuous gathering of armed terrorists in pick-up vehicles and motorcycles, hence the go-ahead to attack the location.

“The precision strikes on the location led to the destruction of the vehicles, motorcycles as well as elimination of several terrorists,” he said.

Gabkwet said  the air component, on an air reconnaissance mission on Jan. 2, had struck some opportunity targets at Tumbun Alura.

He said the targets, which consisted of three canoes, were observed loaded with suspected Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

According to him, they were subsequently engaged with a huge explosion observed afterward.

“Similar successful strikes were also conducted at Tumbun Buwari and Sabon Tumbun on terrorist structures within the Lake Chad region,” he added.

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