Nigerian Air Force strikes Boko Haram in Damasak

1 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has commenced aerial display of its fighter aircraft in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of its activities to mark the country’s 58th Independence Day celebration on October 1.

The Air Force arm of the military operation against Boko Haram last night said it has destroyed gun trucks belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists and neutralised some of the insurgents in an attack.

Its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the attack, which was carried out in Damasak, northern Borno, was conducted with support of ground troops.

He said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) gun trucks in air strikes conducted near Damasak in Northern Borno State.

“The attacks were executed on January 5, 2019, while providing close air support for ground troops at Damasak, who were in pursuit of the terrorists who had attempted to breach their location.

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“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter Gunship engaged the group of terrorists’ gun trucks in successive waves of attacks as they retreated, destroying and immobilising three of them while causing significant damage to others and neutralising several terrorists.”

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