By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
In a bid to degrade the Boko Haram sect in Borno state and in furtherance of the recently commenced Operation RUWAN WUTA, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) conducted air interdiction on structures with two hoisted Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organization flags in Zanari, a known location with significant BHT presence at the northern fringes of Borno State bordering Lake Chad.
According to the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, quite a number of BHTs had earlier been spotted, from a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform, entering the buildings apparently for meetings.
He further disclosed that the F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet aircraft were detailed to attack the target.
He said; “Overhead the location, the target was acquired and engaged by the 2 aircraft, in rapid succession”.
The DOPRI however disclosed that subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the targeted structures went up in flames, killing its occupants.
Buttressing the objective of Operation RUWAN WUTA, he said it is to further degrade the capability of the BHTs thereby preventing them from regrouping to cause havoc for rhe NAF’s surface forces.
“The Operation also aims at softening the ground for our surface forces to subsequently move in and conduct mopping up operations” he said.