The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed a Boko Haram logistics base, along with some vehicles, at Tumbun Sale in Northern Borno State.
A statement issued by Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the operation was conducted on October 23, 2018 after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed the presence of some Boko Haram vehicles and several fighters camouflaged under thick vegetation within the area, where the terrorists had converged in order to launch attacks against troops’ positions.
Daramola said the ATF scrambled 2 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, supported by an ISR platform, to attack the target area in multiple waves. He said the first wave of attacks recorded direct hits on a suspected Boko Haram ammunition/fuel dump, sending it up in flames.
Subsequent strikes also resulted in the destruction of some vehicles and neutralization of several Boko Haram members, the statement claims.
It added: “The few surviving Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), that were seen fleeing the area, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks.
“The NAF, working in concert with surface forces, will sustain the tempo of operations with a view to destroying all remnants of the terrorists on the fringes of Lake Chad and other areas in Northern Borno.”