The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 launched airstrikes on Boko Haram camps in the Northern part of Borno State, according to a statement.
“The air component of Operation Lafiya Dole recorded another major success Wednesday in its air campaign against the Boko Haram Terrorists as 2 x F-7Ni fighter aircraft struck a terrorists’ location at Northern Borno,” the air force’s spokesperson, Ayodele Famuyiwa said in a statement, e-mailed to The Trent on Thursday, July 7, 2016 said.
“The location lies between Tumbum Rego and Malkonory and is about 25km from Kangarwa where own surface forces are currently harboured.
“The location, as can be seen from the footage (below), harbours Boko Haram terrorist makeshift structures and about 4-6 clusters of solar panels which are used by the Terrorists to power communications equipment and for lighting.
“The latest strike is part of the air operations conducted by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, in support of the efforts by own surface forces and the Multi National Joint Task Force to rid the northern part of Borno of the remnants Boko Haram terrorists in an operation codenamed Operation Gama Aiki.
“The location, prior to the strike, had been under surveillance for sometimes but was reported active by a NAF Beechcraft aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. Thereafter, the fighter aircraft were immediately scrambled for interdiction.
“The success of this operation is another major setback for the Boko Haram terrorists even as the NAF intensifies air operations in the Northeast against the insurgents.
“More so, it is instructive to note that the mission yesterday was conducted by crew amid the Salah celebration.
“This brings to fore the commitment of NAF personnel towards successfully bringing the hostility in the Northeast to an end within the shortest possible time,” the statement said.