THE Nigeria Air Force (NAF) says it had destroyed the tactical headquarters of an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) located at Kollaram, Borno State.
The NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He noted, the operation was executed on Wednesday, June 26, which had witnessed the killings of terrorists in the process.
The paper read that the destruction of ISWAP was led by the Air Task Force (ATF) of operation, Lafiya Dole, following series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
The ATF had launched an Operation Green Sweep 2, according to the statement, to fight against terrorist elements in the North eastern part of the country.
The operation which commenced on June 26, aimed at targeting selected locations within the Northeast, “in order to further degrade the remnants of the terrorists as well as deny them safe havens and freedom of action,” The paper said.
Damilola said, the ISR captured a large number of ISWAP fighters in buildings, communication facilities with roof-mounted solar panels, defensive parapets as well as suspected tunnels at various location around the settlement.
“Consequently, the ATF dispatched two NAF Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location recording accurate hits in the target area, leading to the destruction of some of the structures and equipment as well as the killing of several terrorists,” he said
On the other hand, the Nigerian troops, on June 26, reportedly repulsed the Boko Haram insurgents that attacked a military base in Goniri, Gujba Local Government Area,(LGA), Yobe.
The Daily Trust disclosed, there were causalities on both sides, although, figures yet unknown, but the military destroyed and had recovered items from the insurgents.
The government had consistently betell its measures towards a total clampdown of insurgency, especially those ravaging the north eastern part of the country.
However, the NAF had reported, earlier in February, that the ATF had destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) hideout, insurgents’ facilities, as well as belonging to the BHTs, the insurgents’ facilities, as well as neutralize its fighters at a settlement in Arboko, Borno State.
Sometime in June also, Damilola, the NAF director of public relation and information, had disclosed that the ATF had destroyed terrorists Tactical Command Center, operating in the Sambisa Forest, Borno State and had killed a significant number of BHTs.
Although there are still remnants of insecurities, bordering on banditry, kidnaps and killings in states such as Taraba, Zamfara, Kadunna, Plateau… in northeast Nigeria.
Nevertheless, the Nigerian government had said, its military had “successfully defeated” Boko Haram insurgents, and what the country is currently facing, is a fresh crisis, called, “global insurgency.”