The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) airstrikes in Borno State’s Lake Tchad region have killed a number of militants.
According to the Nigerian Air Force, Boko Haram and the Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP), terrorists were neutralized after air strikes on the outskirts of Lake Chad in Borno State destroyed their hideouts, their facilities, and their critical supplies base.
“Similar strikes were also undertaken at Tumbun Shitu after structures believed to be terrorists’ hideouts were observed tucked under thick foliage,” a Monday statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, read.
“Additionally, three-gun trucks with terrorists were sighted moving into the location. The need to strike the location thus became imperative. The aftermath of the air strike revealed several terrorists were neutralised and the trucks destroyed.
“The determination of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to significantly limit the activities of terrorists in the North East; and indeed other parts of Nigeria remains on course. Operational gains by the AFN are indicative of improved synergy and cooperation by all security agencies; as well as the unwavering support of all Nigerians.”
Gabkwet said Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Shitu were struck between September 27 and September 30 after confirmation of the terrorists’ activities which constituted a threat to military formations and law-abiding Nigerians residing within the locations.
He said the terrorists were observed loading jerrycans in two gun trucks concealed under shrubs at Tumbun Fulani.