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Rattle Snake 2: NAF air strikes destroy ISWAP base; eliminate many Boko Haram terrorists at Kollaram, Borno

The Nigerian Airforce said on Friday that its air strikes being conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole as part of the ongoing Operation Rattle Snake 2 have continued to yield tremendous results with destruction of their structures in Lake Chad.

The NAF said the latest of these is the destruction of portions of an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) tactical headquarters and neutralization of some of their fighters at Kollaram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State.

A statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relatiins and Information, said, “The operation was executed in 2 waves of attacks carried out on 4 and 5 January 2020.

Daramola said the attacks followed successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of compounds within the settlement where the terrorists’ leaders were housed.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the identified hideouts in different parts of the settlement, destroying the structures and killing several terrorists, including a few that were spotted near a cluster of buildings at the northern edge of the location.

“The 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”, he added.

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