A heavy bombardment of the Sambisa forest by the Nigeria Airforce (NAF), has led to the death of many Boko Haram Terrorists. In a statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the bombardment also destroyed facilities belonging to the terrorist group.
Air Commodore Daramola said: “the Air Task Force (ATF), Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralised some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and destroyed some of their facilities in air strikes conducted on 27 February 2020 at a location referred to as the “S” Region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest, Borno State. The air strikes were executed in continuation of Operation RATTLE SNAKE 3 after series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions showed that the BHTs; with their vehicles, motorcycles and logistics facilities camouflaged under the dense forest vegetation; had intensified activities in the “S” Region with a view to launching further attacks on civilian settlements and troops’ locations in the area.
“The ATF therefore detailed its fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location, scoring crucial hits leading to the neutralization of some BHT fighters as well as the destruction of some of their structures.”
The statement further said: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its air campaign to shape the battle space in the Northeast for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations”.