In furtherance of operations to completely defeat the Boko Haram, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation Lafiya Dole on Monday conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission over Parisu, in the Sambisa general area. During the ISR mission, a large group of Boko Haram terrorists was seen converging under a tree close to a prominent zinc-roofed structure.
According to a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, the part of the structure was concealed by the foliage of a tree, making it a seemingly unobtrusive gathering point for the terrorists.
The statement stated further that “confirmatory ISR mission indicated that the structure was indeed a BHT hideout, housing a large number of terrorists. Accordingly, on August 8, 2017, the Air Component detailed four fighter jets, namely one F-7Ni and 3 Alpha Jet aircraft to strike the target in succession.
“The first and second bomb strikes completely destroyed the building, while the third aircraft strafed some fleeing insurgents. The fourth attack was re-directed to a close-by building, where BHT activity was also noticed.
“Subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the BHT hideout was completely reduced to rubble and several BHTs were killed while some of them were seen evacuating the casualties.” (News Express)