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Military Airstrike Destroys Hideout, Neutralises Several Terrorists In Sambisa Forest

The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE launched an airstrike at the ‘S’ Region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to a statement by Defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche, on Tuesday, the airstrike, which was executed on Monday, led to the destruction of terrorists’ hideout.

Enenche said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets employed also neutralised several terrorists in the process.

“Air interdiction missions being conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have continued to deal decisive blows on terrorist elements in the North East of the Country,” the statement read.

“The latest of these was achieved yesterday, 28 December 2020, at the ‘S’ Region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

“The airstrike, which was executed employing a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets, was carried out after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed that the terrorists responsible for recent attacks in the Southern part of Borno and Northern part of Adamawa State had originated from the location.

“Accordingly, the NAF attack aircraft engaged the target area in successive passes, leading to the destruction of some of their structures and logistics stores, including a suspected anti-aircraft gun station as the terrorists fired at the NAF aircraft. Several insurgents were also neutralized in the process.”

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