Nigerian Military Recaptures Dikwa

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A combined team of the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army has recaptured Dikwa community in Borno State on Monday after a stiff battle between the troops and Boko Haram insurgents.

A statement by the military said an air force alpha jet and surveillance aircraft destroyed three ambush points heavily fortified by the insurgents with vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft guns.

It added that this paved the way for the military to move in and recapture the town from the insurgents.

It was gathered that cordon and search operations by the army are now going on in the town.

Director, Public Relations of the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, an Air Commodore, also confirmed the development, saying that the town was no longer under the control of militants.



    Meanwhile the Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Sadique Baba Abubakar, an Air Vice Marshal has concluded a tour of operational units in the North east.

    The tour was to ascertain the state of equipment and morale of troops, especially those involved in the counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram sect.

    Abubakar said that the aim of his visit was to obtain first-hand information about the operational readiness of the men and equipment with a view to enabling the air force restrategize for efficiency and effectiveness.

    Units visited by the CAS include the 64 Air Defence Group, Makurdi; 75 Strike Group, Yola; 97 Special Operational Group, Port-Harcourt and 99 Air Combat Training Group, Kainji.

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