The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHq) says its Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole (ATF-OLD) has knocked out another terrorist camp belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche announced in a statement on Friday in Abuja, confirmed that the raid by men of the ATF-OLD did not only destroy the camp at Tongule in the Lake Chad area of Northern Borno, it also eliminated scores of their fighters.
According to Maj. Gen. Enenche the air raid was in continuation of the air offensive against terrorist elements in the North East.
He stated that the airstrikes,which were conducted on Aug. 12, followed credible intelligence reports indicating terrorists’ activities in the village.
The defence spokesman explained that after confirmation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the Air Task Force dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location.
He said further that the mission showed the presence of a sizable number of the ISWAP elements at designated locations.
The NAF jets took turns in engaging the location, scoring devastating hits on the designated targets and leading to the destruction of the structures as well as the neutralisation of several ISWAP fighters, Enenche narrated.
He added that: “The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Task Force for their dedication and professionalism.
“He urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country,’’ he said.