The Nigerian Air Force says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in air strikes conducted on 9 November 2018, at Talala in Borno State.
In a statement, the director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the operation was carried out following credible intelligence reports indicating that the BHTs appeared to have relocated some of their fighters from the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno to establish new camps along the Talala-Ajigin-Buk axis of the state.
“Accordingly, following series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions, which confirmed the presence of significant number of BHT fighters residing in makeshift shelters, camouflaged under thick vegetation on the outskirts of Talala, the ATF dispatched two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the camp in multiple waves, leading to destruction of some of the structures and killing of several BHTs,” he said
He restated that the NAF, working in concert with surface forces, would sustain the tempo of operations in order to destroy all remnants of the terrorists in Borno State.
In a related development, troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Chibok and 28 Task Force Brigade, Damboa on joint clearance operations from Gumsuri to Gambori in Borno State, liberated villages and recovered items from the terrorists.
The director, Public Relations, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said the troops liberated Litawa Kashmiri, Dole, Mulimari, Mudachira, Njaba, Bale and Gambori villages.
He said during the operations, the troops engaged elements of BHTs at Mude, adding that the terrorists fled in disarray due to superior firepower leaving behind 17 bicycles, one small solar panel, two Tecno phones, set of bicycle spokes (new), 12 torch lights, five Adorline body jelly, one UNICEF bag blue, some foodstuffs, used spinners, clothes, four mosquito nets, four-litre Jerri can of petroleum, 10 blankets and eight prayer mats.