The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday said that airstrikes by its newly launched Operation Rattle Snake neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja said the operation commenced on Tuesday.
The Operation Rattle Snake by the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Daramola said, would target selected locations within the North East to further destroy remnants of the terrorists as well as ensure they they had no safe havens.
He said, “On Day One of the Operations, airstrikes by NAF aircraft resulted in the neutralisation of several Boko Haram Terrorists and destruction of some of their structures at their tactical headquarters in Parisu as well as another settlement, Garin Maloma, both on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.”
According to Daramola, the attacks were being carried out following series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions, that showed the presence of a significant number of the insurgents in makeshift structures/buildings under trees spread across the two settlements.
He said, ”Overhead Parisu, no fewer than 30 terrorists were observed by the ISR aircraft in different parts of the settlement.
“The attack aircraft dispatched by the ATF to engage the location recorded accurate hits within the target area, leading to the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.
“Other fighters, who attempted to flee while putting up a fight, were taken out by follow on strikes at their hiding places under some trees as well as along the river line at the edge of the settlement.
“An attack conducted earlier in the day at Garin Maloma similarly resulted in the neutralisation of several BHTs.”
The NAF spokesman said the Force in concert with surface forces, would not rest on its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North East.