The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Task Force (ATF), has commenced Operation Thunder Strike 2 against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the Northeast.
The Operation, which commenced on Monday, September 3, 2018, is an independent Air Interdiction Operation targeting selected BHT locations within the fringes of Lake Chad and Sambisa Forest in Borno State. A statement by the Director public relations and information, Nigerian Air Force Air, Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the operation aims to further degrade the remnants of the insurgents, curtailing their freedom of action and denying them bases from which they could launch attacks against ground troops’ locations.
He noted that September 4, 2018, air strikes by NAF aircraft successfully destroyed Boko Haram Terrorists hideouts and killing many insurgents at three locations namely; Tumbun Rego, Sabon Tumbun and Tumbun Allura, all on the fringes of the Lake Chad.
He explained that Tumbun Rego, which is located about 140km Northeast of Maiduguri, has been identified as a major logistics/communications base and staging area for the insurgents, adding that accordingly, the ATF detailed F-7Ni and Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the identified BHT logistics/communications hubs and successfully destroyed it.
He further stated that the attack on Sabon Tumbun was undertaken based on Human Intelligence reports, which were later confirmed following several days of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that the settlement was a BHT tactical operations base.
He said the settlement also had some equipment and vehicles cleverly concealed under thick foliage “Accordingly, the settlement was attacked in successive waves of strikes by Alpha Jet, F-7Ni and Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships, leading to the destruction of BHT facilities, equipment and structures in the settlement as well as the neutralization of several insurgents.
He added that the Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft also attacked Tumbun Allura, which is considered another major BHT operations base on the fringes of the Lake Chad,
He added that the fleeing insurgents were also mopped up by subsequent follow-on attacks.