The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) launches Operation Rattle Snake against terrorist elements in the northeast through Operation Air Task Force (ATF) from Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information for NAF, announced this in a statement Wednesday in Abuja, NAN reported.
Daramola said the Air Interdiction Operation, which commenced on Tuesday would target selected locations within the North East to further degrade remnants of the terrorists as well as deny them safe havens and freedom of action.
”On Day One of the Operations, airstrikes by NAF aircraft resulted in the neutralisation of several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and destruction of some of their structures at their tactical headquarters in Parisu as well as another settlement, Garin Maloma, both on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno,” he said.
Daramola explained that the attacks were executed following series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, that showed the presence of a significant number of BHT fighters in makeshift structures/buildings under trees spread across the two settlements.
” Overhead Parisu, no fewer than 30 terrorists were observed by the ISR aircraft in different parts of the settlement.
” The attack aircraft dispatched by the ATF to engage the location recorded accurate hits within the target area, leading to the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.
” Other fighters, who attempted to flee while putting up a fight, were taken out by follow on strikes at their hiding places under some trees as well as along the river line at the edge of the settlement.
“An attack previous conducted at Garin Maloma also neutralized some BHT,” he said.
Daramola said the NAF, in coordination with space forces, would continue its efforts to destroy all the remnants of terrorists in the Northeast..