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NAF, Nigerien Counterpart Launch Airstrikes On Boko Haram



The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in a combined operation with the Nigerien Air Force, on April 8, 2018, launched a coordinated air strike on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) locations at Arege and Tumbun Rago in Borno State.

The successful attacks followed reports received sequel to an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission conducted by an aircraft belonging to Nigerien Air Force, which revealed BHTs’ activities at Arege and Tumbun Rago.

A statement signed by the NAF director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said the ATF detailed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft to conduct Air Interdiction strikes on the locations while the ISR aircraft from Niger provided necessary support and also conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).

He said the subsequent BDA revealed that during the first wave of attacks at Arege, several vehicles belonging to BHTs were totally destroyed, killing all the occupants in the process adding that the NAF fighter aircraft neutralized fleeing BHTs in subsequent waves of attack.

“ Thereafter, NAF fighter aircraft and the ISR aircraft from Niger again combined to successfully attack BHT locations at TUMBUM RAGO. The combined operations by the air forces of both countries are part of renewed efforts at clearing BHT elements from their known locations in Northeast Nigeria”, the statement added.