Nigerian Fighter Jets Bomb Boko Haram-held Town

Nigerian Fighter Jets Bomb Boko Haram-held Town

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on January 30, 2015
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Chris Olukolade
FILE: Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade speaks to journalists from The Associated Press in an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Photo Credit: AP/Jon Gambrell)

Fighter jets belonging to the Nigerian military on Thursday, January 29, 2015 launched bomb attacks on North Eastern town of Malam Fatori which is under the control of insurgent group, Boko Haram

According to eye witness reports, the operation, which reportedly had some input from Chad lasted for several hours although there has not yet been any word as to the number of casualties or if the insurgents had fled the area.

Defence Spokesman, Chris Olukolade said the operation has been ongoing and is part of efforts to root out insurgency from the country.

He said: “Malam Fatori is within the area of operation covered by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of which Chad has always been a part.

“The Nigerian airforce has also been conducting (an) air mission there for two days now,” he added. “It is all part of the ongoing efforts against terrorism.”

Residents of neighbouring Bosso town, which is in Niger availed that the bombardment began early on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Communication with residents of Malam Fatori was impossible as network connection was poor

Idriss Ari, a resident of Bosso told AFP: “At around 8:00 am, we started seeing three military jets encircling Malam Fatori and soon after (they) began dropping bombs.”

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