By Gift Samuel
As efforts intensify in the clearance operations in the North East Region, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) newly acquired MI-35M Helicopter Gunship has recorded its first hit in battle in Borno.
In a statement by the NAF Director Of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in Parisu, Borno State on May 21, 2017, discovered a large structure with solar panels and flags suspected to harbour high value BHTs, alongside other similar BHT structures hidden under trees.
He noted also that, “Accordingly, on 22 May 2017, two (2) attack helicopters; the Mi-17 and the newly inducted day and night, all weather gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind were scrambled to conduct strikes on the location in succession.
“Subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that several structures in the target area were engulfed in fire as a result of the strikes and a few BHT survivors were seen scampering from the location” he said.
In another development, the DOPRI disclosed that NAF helicopter gunships have also destroyed 9 hidden barges with stolen oil products in several creeks within the Niger Delta under the framework of Operation DELTA SAFE.
The destruction of the barges he said is aimed at making the stealing of the Nation’s oil products futile, dangerous and unattractive.