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Nigerian Air Force conducts Airstrike On ISWAP Position

The Nigerian Military operation Lafiya Dole counter-insurgency, Air Task Force, conducted airstrikes on ISWAP positions in Northern Borno.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement said the Air Task Force, dealt another decisive blow on Boko Haram in the Northeast of Nigeria with the destruction of several of their structures and neutralisation of their fighters at Warshale in the Northern part of Borno State.

He added that the air strikes were executed on June 27, 2020, as part of subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after credible intelligence reports as well as days of aerial surveillance missions established that the settlement was being used as staging area to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the location. The NAF jets scored devastating hits in their multiple waves of attacks resulting in the destruction of several structures in the settlement as well as the neutralisation of some of the terrorists”.

Since 2009, Nigeria has been executing a counter-insurgency and counter terrorism campaign against Boko Haram and its splinter group, Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP).

The violence has displaced over 3.3 million people, including over 2.5 million internally displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria.

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