Abuja, Nigeria– The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has several Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants in the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State, resulting in the destruction of multiple terrorist hideouts, structures, and strategic logistics bases.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information for the NAF, confirmed these developments in a statement released on Monday, October 2, 2023.
According to the NAF, the air strikes were a part of their ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and restore peace to the troubled region.
Gabkwet said the air strikes obliterated the terrorists’ hideouts and destroyed their structures and strategic logistics base in the region.
He added that Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Shitu were struck between September 27 and September 30 after confirmation of the terrorists’ activities which constituted a threat to military formations and law-abiding Nigerians residing within the locations.
“Similar strikes were also undertaken at Tumbun Shitu after structures believed to be terrorists’ hideouts were observed tucked under thick foliage.”
“Additionally, three-gun trucks with terrorists were sighted moving into the location. The need to strike the location thus became imperative. The aftermath of the air strike revealed several terrorists were neutralised and the trucks destroyed.”
He said the terrorists were observed loading jerrycans in two gun trucks concealed under shrubs at Tumbun Fulani.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force has vowed to continue its operations against terrorist groups, working in coordination with other security agencies to ensure that peace and stability are restored to Borno State and other affected regions.