THE Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its fighter jets on Friday killed hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists in Garin Maloma area of Sambisa Forest.
According to a statement signed by NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, in Abuja, on Saturday, NAF conducted an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), where it sighted the Boko Haram terrorists who were gathered under some trees.
Adesanya noted that a combination of NAF fighter aircraft namely the F7-Ni, Alpha Jet and L-39 ZA aircraft was detailed to carry out air interdiction on the terrorists gathering.
The statement reads: “On September 1, 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) neutralised hundreds of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in Garin Maloma area in Sambisa Forest.
“The Alpha Jet aircraft acquired and attacked the target with bombs, neutralising many of the Boko Haram terrorists. Thereafter, the F-Ni aircraft immediately conducted a bomb attack, which resulted in the death of more terrorists.
“The L-39ZA aircraft then followed through by strafing fleeing terrorists with rockets, killing most of them in the process. After the attacks, a few Boko Haram terrorists survivors were seen scampering from the location.”
Meanwhile, the NAF has conveyed the Director General of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and other NEMA officials to Makurdi to give effect to the Presidential directive to assist flood victims in Makurdi. The NAF Beechcraft KingAir aircraft was used to convey the team.