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Air Force neutralises more terrorists in Lake Chad

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THE Air Force said yesterday that more structures belonging to Boko Haram terrorists have been destroyed at the fringes of Lake Chad and scores of the terrorists killed.

Its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said in a statement that the strikes were carried out after intelligence reports confirmed the presence of the terrorists in the area.

He said: “The sustained air offensive against remnants of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters on the fringes of Lake Chad has yielded additional results as the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, on June 5, 2019, destroyed terrorists’ structures and logistics facilities at Tumbun Kaiyowa in Northern Borno State.

“The operation was executed following confirmation by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform that some terrorists were harboured, along with their logistics items and facilities, in some structures well-camouflaged under dense vegetation within the location.

“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled two Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location, recording direct hits on the structures and logistics facilities, which were seen engulfed in flames. Several ISWAP fighters were equally neutralised as a result of the strikes.”

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