- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) contributions to fighting insurgency in the North-east has been commendable
- NAF's assistance to the ground forces has contributed in no small measure in curtailing the excesses of the terrorists
- The air component of the Nigerian military has achieved another major feat
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the orth-east on Sunday, July 2 conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission of the Sambisa general area, the former spiritual headquarters of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT).
According to a statement by NAF, during the ISR mission, a gradual convergence of BHT elements at some buildings in Alagarno Camp 1 was noticed.
The statement further revealed that the sight of several solar panels on the rooftops of the buildings gave out the plans of the terrorists.
“A confirmatory ISR mission indicated that the structures were most likely a budding command and control facility, which could also house High Value Targets.
“Accordingly, on 3 July 2017, the air component detailed 3 aircraft namely, 2 Alpha Jet and one F-7Ni aircraft, to conduct Air Interdiction strikes on the buildings in succession.
“Subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the structures with the solar panels as well as other adjoining BHT structures were damaged.
“Furthermore, a suspected BHT technical vehicle, which was attempting to make a run from the vicinity, was struck by subsequent waves of attack,” the statement said.
Watch the video below posted on Facebook by Armed Forces Radio.
Just recently, the NAF ‘winged’ 10 officers who had just completed their one-year pilot training program in South Africa.
NAIJ.com checks revealed that many more NAF pilots and members of the ground crew are undergoing training at local and overseas training institutions.
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Watch the NAIJ.com TV video report of the 10 young officer recently winged below: