– The Nigerian Air Force has intensified air operations in support of Operation Rescue Finale aimed at decimating the capability of Boko Haram
– The move is also aimed at making ii difficult for Boko Haram terrorists to assemble or pose any serious threat to troops during advance
– NAF also provides air cover for troops during advance to prevent ambush
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified air operations in support of Operation Rescue Finale so as to create an enabling environment for troops to undertake final onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the Sambisa forest.
According to a report from NAF headquarters, the latest air operations involve air interdiction and armed reconnaissance by NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships against Boko Haram terrorists’ camps and major hideouts.
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The move is aimed at decimating the capability of the insurgents as well as making it difficult for them to assemble or pose any serious threat to troops during advance.
The air strike is also intended to pave way for ground forces to move into the affected areas with a view to dislodging the bandits as other hideouts used by the terrorists are under continuous surveillance for possible air strike.
It was gathered that a number of vehicles, fuel depots and other logistics items belonging to Boko Haram have been destroyed so far.
The NAF also provides air cover for troops during advance to prevent ambush while leaflets are dropped from helicopters in furtherance of the psychological operation.
The leaflets are to persuade those terrorists willing to lay down their arms and embrace peace, as well as those trapped in the affected areas, to avail themselves the opportunity to reunite with their families and live peaceful life again.
In a similar development, the NAF has carried out attacks on a number of camps and hideouts used by cattle rustlers and armed bandits in Gidan Garba and Burwaye areas of Zamfara state.
The camps were strafed by Alpha Jets and Mi-24 attack helicopter following intelligence report from NAF ISR platforms.