Authorities of the Nigerian Airforce disclosed on Thursday that “On 15 May 2018, the second day of the ongoing Operation Thunder Strike, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole successfully conducted air interdiction on a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) infested location, 13 Nautical Miles North East of Bama.
“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had previously observed significant BHT presence in the location.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed a combination of fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships to attack the insurgents’ position.
“Overhead the location, the attack platforms took turns to unleash their ordinance on the targets while the NAF ISR aircraft conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).
“At the end of the attacks, the BDA revealed the target structures to have been destroyed and engulfed in in fire while the occupying terrorists were neutralized.
“Later in the day, in continuation of the Operation, the ATF successfully conducted another attack on a location in Gobara, 15km Northwest of Gwoza. Previous ISR report had indicated that the location served as a hideout for the insurgents. Consequently, NAF fighter aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the location.
“The fighter jets acquired and took turns to strafe the location, destroying the building and killing most of the BHTs in the process.
“After the attacks, the BDA revealed that some other adjoining BHT structures and hideouts were equally destroyed.
“A statement by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of NAF Public Relations said, “It would also be highly appreciated if the attached short video clip, which is now declassified, were shown to the general public for them to witness part of the attack.”
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