Key Boko Haram leaders have been killed as Nigerian Air Force jets (NAF) bombarded Alafa Yagayaga on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in Borno State, The Nation learnt.
The fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, under the auspices of Operation Rattle Snake 3, obliterated a compound in the settlement where the Boko Haram leaders had assembled for a meeting.
According to a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, “the air strike was executed on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the BHT leaders had converged at the target compound for a meeting over the weekend.
“Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which confirmed the meeting venue, also observed several BHTs in and around other buildings in the vicinity of the compound. Bombs from the detailed attack aircraft scored accurate hits on the target leading to the obliteration of the compound and surrounding structures as well as the neutralization of their BHT occupants.
“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its air campaign to shape the battlespace in the Northeast for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations”.