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.

Sadique Abubakar, Bello Abubakar, Niger, Military
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.

9 Chadian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Ambush

Chadian soldiersThe Chadian Army says that nine of its men have been killed and 16 wounded after being ambushed by Boko Haram fighters in north-eastern Nigeria.

A Chadian military spokesman says the attack took place about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the town of Malam Fatori, which Niger said had been retaken by regional forces from the militants earlier in the week.

“Elements of the Chad-Niger (military alliance) were killed in a pocket of resistance,” Colonel Azem Bermandoa Agouna told the AFP.

“After heavy fighting, the armed forces of Chad and Niger totally cleaned up the zone,” the spokesman added.

Two Chadian Army Helicopters Bomb Boko Haram Positions

Boko_Haram_Gombe_AttackTwo Chadian army helicopters bombed Boko Haram positions on Sunday, killing several dozen militants near a village on the border with Niger, a senior Niger military official told Reuters.

Niger and Chadian soldiers have been fighting the Islamist militants in a joint mission with Nigeria and Cameroon since March 2, in a bid to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

The helicopters destroyed several vehicles and motorcycles carrying fighters in the village of Djaboullam, which lies east across the border from the Niger town of Diffa, the Niger officer said.

“Niger and Chad had received intelligence that a group of Boko Haram fighters had gathered in the border village,” the officer said.

The Niger military officer, who requested anonymity, said Boko Haram fighters had moved to Djaboullam after they were chased from other towns by the Nigerian army.

Militants were also gathering in other border towns from where they routinely launch mortar rounds into Niger, he said.

“We know they are massing in Malam Fatori, waiting for us to come,” he said, referring to another north-east town about three kilometers (2 miles) from Bosso, the nearest town across the border in Niger.

The regional offensive launched this year came as Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, prepares to hold elections on March 28.

The offensive has succeeded in driving the militants from several towns and districts they previously held. Chad and Niger forces captured the town of Damasak from the militants last week.

Niger Republic Forces Kill Over 100 Boko Haram Fighters

boko haramNiger’s forces killed 109 fighters from the Boko Haram group on Friday, as they repulsed attacks on border town of Bosso and Diffa, two Southeastern towns near the Nigerian border.

The group reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the town of Fotokol in Cameroon on Wednesday.

Four Niger soldiers were killed, 13 were wounded and two were missing after the fighting in Bosso against Boko Haram, whose six-year insurgency is spreading from Nigeria to neighbouring States. In another fight in Diffa, four Niger soldiers were also wounded.

“At around 9 a.m. elements of the Boko Haram terrorist group launched two simultaneous attacks at Bosso and Diffa. At Bosso, Niger’s defence forces helped by Chadian troops neutralised the assailants,” Defence Minister, Karidio Mahamadou said.

There was no independent confirmation of the numbers killed.

The commander of Chadian forces deployed north of Lake Chad, General Yaya Doud, was shot in the stomach in Bosso. He had been evacuated to hospital in N’Djamena for treatment.

The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead and displaced more than a million over the past six years.

The insurgency is the worst threat to Nigeria’s security as a Nation, and efforts by the military to contain the activities of the Boko Haram sect have continued.

The militants are also increasingly threatening neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, prompting regional leaders to come up with a joint plan to defeat them. One of such plans was the setting up of a multinational task force to launch counter terrorism attacks on the sect in the region.

Chad had deployed some 2,500 soldiers to neighbouring Cameroon and Niger as part of this effort. Niger’s parliament is due to vote on Monday on a proposal by the government to send its troops into Nigeria to fight Boko Haram.