Scores killed as jets attack Boko Haram

Boko Haram

Fighter jets coordinated by the Air Task Force of the Operation Lafiya Dole have destroyed one of the strongholds of the Boko Haram insurgents at Parisu in Sambisa forest

Terrorists were killed in the airstrike, while structures erected by the insurgents were demolished.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, in a statement said that the Armed Forces would sustain the offensive against criminals.

The statement said: “In furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security to the Northeast, the Armed Forces through the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole have ramped up attacks against terrorists’ locations in Borno State.

”The latest of these attacks was executed at Parisu, a Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout within the Sambisa forest on March 31, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed a resurgence of activities within the settlement.”

It added that “fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force to attack the hideout took turns in engaging the location, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists. Other fighters, who attempted to reposition themselves in order to engage the attack aircraft, were taken out in follow-on strikes at their hiding places under shrubbery.

”The Armed Forces, working in synergy with counterpart security agencies and stakeholders, will sustain the tempo of offensive action against elements inimical to the peace and security of our beloved nation.”

Nigeria and the Republics of Niger and Chad have launched a new joint operation to flush out the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) insurgents from the Tunbuns Island where they are hibernating.

The insurgents relocated to the island from where they have coordinated attacks on soft targets following massive bombardment by the Nigerian troops.

Troops involved in the Multi National Joint Task Force, according to a statement by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, include the Sector 2 MNJTF (Chad Republic), Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) and Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic).

The statement said: “The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has launched a coordinated joint offensive to dislodge and completely rid the island (Tunbuns) of Lake Chad of any Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province presence and activities.”

It added: “It will be recalled that following the sustained onslaught and decimation of the Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province’ elements by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, the insurgents retreated into the Tumbuns of the Lake Chad from where they plan and cowardly attack soft and hard targets.

“These heinous acts necessitated the contiguous nations of the Lake Chad basin to jointly launch this massive onslaught on the terrorists across the common borders, extending into the Northern Tumbuns of the Lake Chad Basin in Nigeria.

“Besides the combined operations, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole are also engaged in the conduct of simultaneous blocking operations aimed at decimating those criminal insurgents who are escaping the onslaught at the Lake Chad general area.

“The public is hereby requested to continue to provide credible information on our common enemies to the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in Operation Lafiya Dole.”

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