The Nigerian Air Force has destroyed some logistics facilities belonging to Boko Haram Terrorists at Bakari Gana on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Daramola said the operation was conducted on Wednesday through the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
He said: “This was achieved in air strikes conducted on March 4, as one of the missions marking the commencement of a new air interdiction operation – Operation DECISIVE EDGE – which was initiated to specifically target known BHT hideouts that are inaccessible to ground forces due to the terrain as well as the fact that the approaches to the locations are heavily mined.”
Daramola explained that the attack was executed after series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions confirmed that the BHTs were storing their fuel and other logistics in some huts within Bakari Gana.
He added: “Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter jets to engage the location in 2 waves of attack, recording devastating hits in the target area leading to the destruction of the fuel storage facilities, which were seen engulfed in flames.
“Some of the BHT fighters were also neutralised in the process.
“Earlier in the day, the NAF had also provided close air support as a combination of air and ground operations dealt a decisive blow on the BHTs, neutralising several of their fighters and destroying some gun trucks.”
Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces would sustain the intensity of its air campaign to shape the battle space in the North East for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.