Nigerian Air Force Pilots Urged To Sustain Attacks On Boko Haram

NAF-2Pilots of the Nigerian Air Force have been urged to sustain intensive air operations and cooperate with land army in the battle to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram insurgents.

Commending Air Force personnel for their counter-terrorism operations in the nation’s northeast, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said he was pleased with the outcome of air operations carried out in the last one week.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) few days ago recorded another major success in the on-going counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram terrorists.

According to him, the current phase of intensified air operations in northern Borno State paid-off on the night of August 19, when the NAF killed about 300 terrorists during an air attack.

The insurgents had gathered to hold a meeting at a location between Malam Fatori and own troops location at Kangarwa, the Air Force said.

Prior to the operations, the Air Force had on August 16 commenced series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to corroborate human intelligence that key Boko Haram commanders had gathered at the said location to hold meeting at night.

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

The NAF revealed the achievements on Tuesday in a statement by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.

He said that the objective of the ongoing operation was to degrade the capability of the insurgents, particularly those who had fled to the northern part of Borno State.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Air Force said it had killed some key leaders of Boko Haram and wounded many others, including the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, during an airstrike on Friday in Taye Village, Borno State.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said: “We have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded”.

Colonel Usman said that the Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include “Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others.

Air Force Kills Over 300 Boko Haram Terrorists

Air Force, Sadique Abubakar, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Air Force says it has killed at least 300 members of the outlawed Boko Haram terrorists during air operations in some parts of Borno State.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, gave the figure on Monday while briefing pilots of fighter jets in Maiduguri, the state’s capital in northeast Nigeria.

Air Marshal Abubakar said he was impressed with the outcome of air operations carried out in the last one week.

In the attacks insurgents were killed where they had gathered, most probably to plan their next attack, he said.

He urged the pilots to sustain intensive air operations and cooperate with land army in the battle to rid Nigeria of the insurgents.

The feat comes after the Air Force said it had successfully reconfigured another alpha jet for combat role.

The achievement followed relentless efforts by the NAF Technical Response Team (TRT).

The latest conversion makes it the third alpha jet to be reconfigured under the leadership of Air Marshal Abubakar.