The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed several terrorists in massive air offensives on their hideouts in Northern Borno on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday, said the attacks took place at Ngwuri Gana along the Gulumba Gana-Kumshe axis and Jumacheri near Damasak area of Borno.
Enenche said the air operations were conducted under a subsidiary operation code named ‘Operation Wutar Tabki’ in continuation of the sustained offensive against terrorist elements in the North East.
He said the successes were achieved through separate air interdiction missions carried out by the troops.
He added that human intelligence and series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had earlier revealed that several terrorists had assembled at the two locations in preparation to launch attacks against nearby troops’ positions.
According to him, the hits by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships on the two target areas resulted in the destruction of some structures as well as the neutralisation of dozens of terrorists.