The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said a night operation conducted on Monday, successfully destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorists’ Camp, located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in Northern Borno state.
The NAF said the new camp was about 4-6 kilometers away from the Boko Haram location earlier attacked on August 20, 2016 by an Mi-17 helicopter in which Abubakar Shekau was believed to have been fatally wounded.
The Air Force, in a statement by its spokesman, Ayodele Famuyiwa, affirmed that the new camp was within the same vicinity in a similar night operation that led to the death of about 300 insurgents.
Famuyiwa, a Group Captain, added that the post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission had revealed that surviving Boko Haram Terrorists converged at the new location.
According to him, the information was later confirmed to be true by series of follow-up Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the latest strike.
“Recall that the general area around Malam Fatori and Kangarwa is infested with Boko Haram militants, hence the need to clear the remnants of in the area.
“The air assault is therefore expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate”, he added.
Famuyiwa also said NAF Alpha Jets have helped to repel an attack by Boko Haram militants on troops of 153 Battalion who were on fighting patrol at Ala Lumshe.
He said the troops, on Saturday 27th August 2016, had come under attack from Boko Haram militants about four kilometers south of Marte, when the Alpha Jets were called-in to dislodge the insurgents.