NAF Bombs Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists To Death During Meeting In Lake Chad Region
The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that many Boko Haram fighters have been killed by its fighter jets while they were planning a meeting in the Lake Chad region.
According to a statement on Saturday by the Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, about 20 boats conveying Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to the meeting were destroyed in the airstrike.
Each of the boats was said to have contained 5-7 terrorists.
Gabkwet said the airstrikes were carried out by troops under Operation Hadin Kai based on credible and actionable intelligence made available to them.
He added that the troops of Operation Hadin Kai will continue to collaborate with other security agents and agencies to ensure the insurgents are totally dislodged from their hiding place and made incapable of executing attacks.
The statement said, “On receiving credible Intelligence on 20 October 2021 that about 20 boats with suspected Boko Haram /ISWAP terrorists were converging for a meeting on an Island in the Tumbuns on the Lake Chad and at Malam Fatori, 3 NAF aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai were scrambled to carry out strikes on the targets.
“Reaching overhead the targets, the pilots observed a gathering of about 20 boats consisting of 5-7 suspected terrorists in each boat.
“Using a mix of bombs and rockets, the 3 aircraft carried out series of strikes and scored devastating hits on the targets leaving some survivors scrambling for their lives.
“The operation by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai yet again confirms the high concentration of terrorist and insurgent elements hibernating in the Lake Chad general area.
“Working alongside the Army and Naval components as well as other security agencies under Operation Hadin KaiI, the Air Component will continue to sustain its operation until the area is rid of all terrorists and insurgents.”