On Monday, the Nigerian Air Force announced that it successfully eliminated numerous terrorists belonging to Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) through airstrikes conducted on the outskirts of Lake Chad in the Borno State.
This information was conveyed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information for the Nigerian Air Force, in a statement issued in Abuja on the same day.
Gabkwet stated that the airstrikes completely wiped out the terrorists’ hideouts, decimating their infrastructure and key logistical facilities in the area.
He further noted that the strikes were carried out on Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Shitu from September 27 to September 30, following confirmation of the terrorists’ activities that posed a significant threat to both military installations and law-abiding Nigerian citizens residing in these areas.
At Tumbun Fulani, terrorists were spotted loading jerrycans onto two concealed gun trucks hidden among shrubbery.
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Following this discovery, the Nigerian Air Force aircraft were swiftly deployed to intercept the site, suspected to be a significant logistical hub.
Gabkwet reported that following the airstrike, a subsequent Battle Damage Assessment indicated the successful neutralization of several terrorists and the destruction of the gun trucks.
He explained that comparable airstrikes were carried out at Tumbun Shitu when structures suspected to be terrorists’ hideouts were detected hidden beneath dense foliage.
The Nigerian Air Force spokesperson mentioned that three gun trucks transporting terrorists were spotted heading toward the area, making it necessary to initiate the strike. He further noted that the aftermath of the aerial attack confirmed the elimination of several terrorists and the destruction of the trucks.
He said, “The determination of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to significantly limit the activities of terrorists in the Northeast and indeed other parts of Nigeria remains on course.”
He added that “Operational gains by the AFN are indicative of improved synergy and cooperation by all security agencies as well as the unwavering support of all Nigerians.”
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