By Joy Odor
The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed the dwellings of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) leaders and neutralized some of their fighters in separate air strikes conducted at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa Forest Area of Borno State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General JOHN ENENCHE made tis known in a press statement and made avialiable to newsmen in Abuja, Monday.
The air interdiction missions, he said, were executed on 3 July 2020 as part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation LONG REACH II after intelligence reports indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the 2 settlements.
“Parisu, with its booby-trapped access routes, fortified check points and structures camouflaged under the forest vegetation, served as a stronghold for the BHT Commanders, while recent aerial surveillance missions showed increased activities of the terrorists in a cluster of structures in the middle of Bula Bello.
“The Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the 2 locations. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets, while taking turns to engage the targets, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists” he added.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commended the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism.
He urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.