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NAF airstrike dislodges terrorists in Borno

The operation conducted by Air component of Operation Hadin Kai revealed that terrorists were planning to attack some military bases. Photo: Usman Sani, Radio Nigeria

The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has conducted an early morning strike on Monday at Suwa, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, a stronghold of Boko Haram terrorists near Sambisa forest.

The operation was conducted by the Air component of Operation Hadin Kai.

Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement, said recent intelligence revealed the mop up of terrorists within the area.

Further intelligence also revealed that a group of Boko Haram terrorists had perfected plans to attack troops stationed around Rann in Kalabalge local government area, and were likely planning to attack troops on patrol along major routes to Bama and Mafa local government areas.

The statement added that air strikes were authorised, with confirmatory assessments of terrorists neutralised and structures destroyed, thereby degrading their ability to attack security forces and innocent, law-abiding citizens.

The statement solicited the support of all Nigerians for the Armed Forces and other security agencies to sustain protection of lives and property.

It also urged air component commanders in all joint operating theatres to key into the directive of the Chief of Air Staff to stop at nothing in going after criminals and ensure that they are brought to justice.

Writing by Usman Sani; Editing by Omolola Ameen, Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor