The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafia Dole on Thursday attacked a Boko Haram hideout and inflicted heavy casualties on the Boko Haram Terrorist in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State Northeast, Nigeria, the Defense Headquarters said.
Nigerian Government several times has said that the terror group has been technically defeated, but its troops in the Northeast where the jihadists have their strongholds have continued to wage war against insurgency.
Boko Haram and its faction, Islamic State For West Africa Province (ISWAP) intensified attacks and kidnapping in the region particularly in December 2020 targeting military formations and villages as well as travellers.
John Enenche, Coordinator Defense Media Operations, said the troops took out their hideouts in Alagarno, including a compound housing some high-value Boko Haram terrorist leaders.
“The compound, concealed under thick vegetation and located 2.3Km North East of KAFA, was being used by the terrorists to coordinate their nefarious activities,” Enenche said in a statement.
The destruction of the locations was achieved through multiple air strikes executed on 6 January, 2021 as the ATF dispatched appropriate force packages of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and attack helicopters to engage the target areas in day and night raids.”
He explained that terrorists were spotted under the dense vegetation of the locations and the NAF attack aircraft took turns in engaging the targets, killing several of them.
Enenche did not state the casualties figure suffered by the insurgents.
Armed Forces of Nigeria will not relent until all enemies of the Nation are neutralised and normalcy is restored to all troubled zones, Enenche said.
Over a decade, the Boko Haram’ reign of terror in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states has led to the death of over 30,000 people while millions of people have been displaced from the region
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