The Defence Headquarters says, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, has eliminated scores of Boko Haram terrorists as well as Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters and destroyed compounds housing them at Tongule in the Lake Chad area of Northern Borno.
The Air strikes which were conducted on 12 August 2020, was in continuation of the air offensive against terrorist elements in the North East of the country.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, DHQ disclosed this in a statement officially relayed to Enugu Reporters on Friday.
Gen. Enenche noted, following credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating terrorists’ activities in the village,
the air strikes were dispatched to the area.
“Following confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which showed presence of a sizable number of the ISWAP elements at designated locations in the settlement, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location.
“The NAF Jets took turns in engaging the location scoring devastating hits on the designated targets leading to the destruction of the structures as well as the neutralization of several ISWAP fighters.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Task Force for their dedication and professionalism and urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country.”