Heavy casualties recorded as troops bomb Boko Haram structures in Sambisa

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By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE Nigerian Air Force on Saturday, claimed that Boko Haram terrorists recorded heavy casualties earlier in the week, when its troops engaged in the ongoing Operation Lafiya Dole in a joint operation with that of the Nigerian Army ,bombarded the terrorists’ structures in Sambisa general area.

This screen grab image taken on January 2, 2018 from a video released on January 2, 2018 by Islamist group Boko Haram shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaking in his first video message in months amid a surge in violence casting doubt on the Nigerian government’s claim that the jihadist group is defeated.
Shekau’s message comes during an acceleration of Boko Haram attacks and just days after the jihadists killed 25 people outside Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Islamist insurgency. / AFP PHOTO

Many terrorists were reportedly killed in the renewed combined clearance operation, said to have began on January 3,2018, following the discovery of Boko Haram terrorists locations in the Sambisa general area.

While the Air Task Force of the Operation Lafiya Dole dropped series of bombs on the Boko Haram gathering during conduct of air interdiction in the Nigerian Army troops on which coordinated the ground operation on the other hand,released several rockets launched from the its Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher, most of which,it was gathered, landed on the insurgents, killing some of them and causing a few survivors to flee in disarray.

The Nigerian Air Force,in a statement to this effect, weekend,by its spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said on the first day of the combined clearance operations, the Air Task Force conducted intensive bombardments on selected Boko Haram terrorists locations.

Preparatory to the commencement of the operation,according to the statement, ”previous Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) platforms had revealed the presence of BHT in Njimia in the Sambisa general area, from where the insurgents launched attacks on own surface forces.”

”Accordingly, NAF fighter aircraft were detailed to attack the location and each of the aircraft took turns to attack structures occupied by BHT elements in the settlement. The air attacks set several Boko Haram terrorists structures ablaze and destroyed them,”it added.

The statement added that on the same day, the Air Task Force conducted air interdiction on another Boko Haram terrorists hideout near Camp Zairo following previous ISR on the location which had indicated the resurgence of the terrorist activities in the location, which had been previously liberated.

”Accordingly, structures occupied by Boko Haram terrorists elements in the location were attacked, in succession, by NAF fighter aircraft.

”The air strikes caused the destruction of more BHT structures and the neutralization of several insurgents. Some insurgents were sighted fleeing the area and they were taken out in subsequent follow-up attacks,”it further claimed.

According the statement by Adesanya,”later in the evening of the same day, the Air Task Force scrambled two fighter aircraft and one helicopter to support own surface forces that had come under Boko Haram terrorists attack at Tokombere, 12km southwest of Camp Zairo.

” The NAF aircraft supported the troops in repelling the attack, causing the insurgents to withdraw to the northeast of Tokombere. Consequently, at about 11pm, the Air Task Force detailed another helicopter to conduct air interdiction on the insurgents’ new location.

” The Battle Damage Assessment from a NAF ISR platform indicated that the helicopter successfully dropped its weapons on the insurgents’ position, killing many and causing some survivors to flee.

” Consequently, the ISR platform tracked the fleeing insurgents to another location and later coordinated the NA artillery bombardment of the insurgents’ new location.

” Several rockets were launched from the NA’s Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher, most of which landed on the insurgents, killing some of them and causing a few survivors to flee in disarray,”the statement further said.

It explained that the ongoing combined clearance operations by the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army elements were aimed at preventing the full-scale resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa general area.

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