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Air force strikes Boko Haram location

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Wednesday said its F-7NI fighter jets on operation ‘Gama Aiki,’ conducted air strikes on Boko Haram locations in the Northern…

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Wednesday said its F-7NI fighter jets on operation ‘Gama Aiki,’ conducted air strikes on Boko Haram locations in the Northern parts of Borno State.

 A statement from Air Force spokesman, Group Captain, Ayodele Famuyiwa said the air component of Operation Lafiya Dole recorded success  with its air campaign against Boko Haram militants.

 He said two F-7NI fighter aircrafts struck locations in Northern Borno that lies between Tumbum Rego and Malkonory, about 25km from Kangarwa where Nigeria surface forces are currently harboured.

 Famuyiwa added that: “the location… harbours Boko Haram makeshift structures and about 4-6 clusters of solar panels which are used by the group to power communications equipment and for lighting.”

 He said the latest strike is part of the air operations conducted by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in support of the efforts by surface forces and the Multi National Joint Task Force to rid the northern part of Borno of the remnants Boko Haram militants in operation “Gama Aiki.”

 He noted that: “The location, prior to the strike yesterday, had been under surveillance for sometimes but was reported active by a NAF Beechcraft aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.”

 “Thereafter, the Fighter aircraft were immediately scrambled for interdiction. The success of this operation is another major setback for the BHTs even as the NAF intensifies air operations in the Northeast against the insurgents.” Famuyiwa said.