The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified aerial patrol over the Sambisa forest in a renewed effort to deny Boko Haram terrorists who might have escaped the latest onslaught against the insurgents from regrouping.
The development was revealed in a statement issued on Friday by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.
Group Captain Famuyiwa said: “The over 60,000 km2 forest is being painstakingly patrolled day and night by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to deny the fleeing insurgents the opportunity to regroup and launch attack against host communities and own surface troops on clearance operation”.
In a similar operation, NAF deployed ISR platforms for surveillance activities over Samaru, Katab, Zonkwa, Kafanchan and other troubled areas in southern part of Kaduna State, including the Kaduna metropolis.
The Air Force spokesman explained that the ongoing operations were aimed at supporting the surface forces, as well as restoring confidence in the people living in the affected areas.
He added that the air operations would also seek out the hideouts used by criminal elements and armed bandits within the troubled areas.
Aside employing air power to flush out the bandits, the Air Force also relayed the intelligence gathered from its ISR operations to land forces to aid the conduct of the entire operations.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has attacked a Boko Haram insurgents’ location on the outskirt of Malkonori in northern Borno State.
A statement by the spokesman for the NAF, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the latest attack was a follow-up to the close air support operation that repelled the insurgents who attacked own ground forces at Kangarwa.
“Survivors among the insurgents had fled to Dogochuku where they were also attacked by NAF fighter aircraft and forced to relocate to Malkonori,” the statement read.
Ground forces confirmed a number of the insurgents were killed and their vehicle destroyed from the latest air strike at Malkonori.
The feat is latest breakthrough in counter-terrorism operations in Nigeria’s northeast to end over six years of insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists.
The terrorists group is pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.
They have attacked communities in the area, forcing over two million persons out of their homes.
Their activities have caused severe humanitarian crisis in the region, with a UN agency, UNICEF, calling for humanitarian support for the region.
The UNICEF said 49,000 children, nursing mothers and pregnant women risk death if no help was rendered in form of nutritious food provision.
On Tuesday, an Acting Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Peter Lundberg, said about 75,000 children in Nigeria’s northeast may die of malnutrition and starvation over the next few months unless they receive urgent humanitarian aid.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has repelled an attack by the Boko Haram terrorists on its ground troops at Kangarwa in northern Borno State.
Following the report of the attack, three fighter jets and a reconnaissance aircraft were immediately deployed for the operation.
A statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, revealed that the troops averted the attack on Sunday.
The statement reads in part:
“While the fighter aircraft were scrambled to repel the attack, the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft was deployed to give guidance to ground troops on the position equipment and strength of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).
“The operation which started at about 1700 hours (5pm) continued till late evening at about 1915 hours (7:15pm) before the attack was successfully repelled.
“Before repelling the attack at Kangarwa, the NAF also conducted a number of day and night operations yesterday.
“The air interdiction missions were aimed at decimating the operational capability of the insurgents.
“The operations were carried out at Kashimeri, Tumbu Gini, Chukugudu and other BHT strongholds from where the insurgents launch attack on Bama and neighbouring settlements”.
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.
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”.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has again on Monday struck at criminal hideouts and camps harbouring pipeline vandals at Arepo and environs.
According to a statement by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the latest air strike is in continuation of the aerial bombardment commenced by the NAF on Thursday, July 28 to rid the affected areas of pipeline vandals and other criminal elements.
The statement further said that the ongoing air operations are aimed at providing air support for the joint task force recently set-up by the Defence Headquarters to dislodge pipeline vandals in the south west region of the country in an operation codenamed ‘Operation Awatse’.
The Nigerian Air Force says its Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The UAV destroyed the base of the insurgents in Borno on Tuesday.
According to the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists at Garin Moloma, about one kilometer north of the Sambisa forest.
He said that the multiple explosions and huge fire ball from the location, was suspected to either be an ammunition/fuel storage or weapons/technical workshop.
“At the time of the UAV attack, the location, though under surveillance for quite a while, had a large gathering of Boko Haram terrorists and vehicles.
“This strike is thus a major setback for the Boko Haram Sect, and a major plus for the fight against insurgency by our own troops,” he stated.