The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) states that its Air Task Force (ATF) of the LAFIYA DOLE operation has caused many victims to elements of the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) in devastating air strikes conducted in Tumbun Hamma on the banks of Lake Chad in Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, director of public relations and information at NAF, who announced in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the operation took place on Friday.
”The attack was conducted following credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists, who had fled the series of air strikes conducted by Nigerian, Nigerien and Chadian Air Forces, around the Malkanori-Tumbun Rego general axis of northern Borno State, had converged in Tumbun Hamma,” he said.
He explained that the attack was preceded by series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which confirmed heavy presence of terrorists in several structures, along with their logistics items, spread across the small settlement, NAN reports.
”Accordingly, the ATF scrambled an Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location, recording a successful direct hit in the centre of the target area leading to the neutralisation of several terrorists as well as the destruction of their structures and logistics,” he said.
Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations to completely degrade the terrorists in the North-East.