A number of Boko Haram insurgents who had taken shelter around a tree near Bula Bello, in Sambisa Forest area of Borno State, on New Year's day were killed by the Nigerian Air Force jets.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has vowed to continue their operations to assist the surface Military forces to completely annihilate all remnants of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
According to the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who spoke to reporters on Saturday morning, the scores of insurgent killed were “ostensibly preparing for an attack against nearby Nigerian troops,” but could not achieve their mission as their location was hit by Fighter jets, killing them all in the process.
The statement in full:
“The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has recorded another success against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.
“The feat was recorded near Bula Bello on 1 January 2020 when a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, whilst returning from another mission. A BHT gun truck was spotted under a tree along with scores of BHT fighters converged around the tree on the outskirts of the settlement, ostensibly preparing for an attack against nearby troops’ positions.
“Some of the BHTs were also seen pushing another vehicle to a location under another tree in the area".