The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in a combined operation with the Nigerien Air Force have launched a coordinated air strike on boko haram Terrorists locations at Arege and Tumbun rago in Borno State, Northern Nigeria.
The Director Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said that the successful attacks followed reports received sequel to an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission conducted by an aircraft belonging to the Nigerien Air Force, which revealed boko haram Terrorists activities at Arege and Tumbun rago.
“The Air Task Force ,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).
“The subsequent BDA revealed that during the first wave of attacks at Arege, several vehicles belonging to boko haram terrorists were totally destroyed, killing all the occupants in the process,” Air Vice Marshal Adesanya stated .
According to him, the NAF fighter aircraft neutralised fleeing terrorists in subsequent waves of attack.
He stressed that thereafter, NAF fighter aircraft and the ISR aircraft from Niger again combined to successfully attack terrorists locations at Tumbum rago.
The combined operations by the air forces of both countries are part of renewed efforts at clearing terrorists elements from their known locations in Northeast Nigeria.