The Nigerian Air Force said on Monday that it sighted two flags hoisted by the Boko Haram terrorists on some buildings in the Zanari area of Borno State, which borders the Lake Chad.
NAF added that its fighter aircraft – the F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet – thereafter struck the buildings. It was gathered that some insurgents holding meetings in the building were killed.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the Boko Haram flags were sighted on Thursday, September 7.
He said, “We conducted an air interdiction on Boko Haram buildings with two hoisted flags in Zanari. Quite a number of them were earlier spotted from a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform. They were entering the buildings apparently for meetings. The F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet aircraft were detailed to attack the target.
“Our subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that the targeted structures went up in flames, killing its occupants. The operation is aimed at softening the ground for our surface forces to subsequently move in and conduct mop-up operations.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said its troops had killed some Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush and recovered some weapons.