Fighter jets de­stroy B/Haram Sam­bisa hide­out

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­rian Air Force (NAF) said its fighter jets de­stroyed a re­cently dis­cov­ered Boko Haram hide out within Sam­bisa for­est in Borno State.

Air Force spokesman, Air Com­modore Ola­tokunbo Ade­sanya in a state­ment yes­ter­day said on 7 Au­gust 2017, the Nige­rian Air Force (NAF) Com­po­nent of Op­er­a­tion Lafiya Dole con­ducted an In­tel­li­gence, Sur­veil­lance and Re­con­nais­sance (ISR) mis­sion over Parisu, in the Sam­bisa gen­eral area.

He added that dur­ing the ISR mis­sion, a large group of Boko Haram Ter­ror­ists (BHTs) were seen con­verg­ing un­der a tree close to a prom­i­nent zinc-roofed struc­ture.

He ex­plained that part of the struc­ture was con­cealed by the fo­liage of a tree, mak­ing it a seem­ingly un­ob­tru­sive gath­er­ing point for the ter­ror­ists. He said a con­fir­ma­tory ISR mis­sion in­di­cated that the struc­ture was in­deed a BHT hide­out, hous­ing a large num­ber of ter­ror­ists.

Ade­sanya said con­se­quently on 8 Au­gust 2017, the Air Com­po­nent de­tailed fighter air­craft to strike the tar­get in suc­ces­sion.

“Fol­low­ing the first and sec­ond strikes, the build­ing was com­pletely de­stroyed and the lo­ca­tion was strafed dur­ing the third at­tack,” he said

He added that, “The fourth at­tack was redi­rected to a close by build­ing, where BHT ac­tiv­ity was also no­ticed. Sub­se­quent Bat­tle Dam­age As­sess­ment re­vealed that the BHT hide­out was com­pletely re­duced to rub­ble and sev­eral BHTs were killed, while a few of them were seen evac­u­at­ing the ca­su­al­ties.”

On De­cem­ber 29, 2016 the mil­i­tary said it had cap­tured Sam­bisa for­est and claimed vic­tory over B/Haram ter­ror­ists.

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