21 March 2016

Nigeria: Air Force Fighter Jets Pound Boko Haram Logistics Base in Yobe

As part of the collective effort by the Armed Forces to expeditiously bring to an end the war against insurgency in the Northeast, Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet at the weekend successfully attacked suspected Boko Haram Logistics Base at Allagarno.

Director of Airforce Public Relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa who made the disclosure on Monday in a statement, noted that "The target was selected after careful Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) by NAF Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)".

He continued, "The mission; that 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 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.

Famuyiwa added that "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" he said.

Meanwhile, the Army has said that 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.

A statement signed by Col. Sani Usman said, "The troops also captured 2 AK-47 Rifles, 1 Small Machine Gun and 1 Hand Grenade and recovered 4 pickup vehicles.

"The troops also rescued 67 hostages from the terrorists. The freed hostages are undergoing screening at Internally Displaced Persons in Dikwa.

"Unfortunately, during the operation the troops Mine Resistant Anti-Personnel (MRAP) vehicle ran into an Improvised Explosive Device and had a damaged tyre."

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