Saturday, 29 April 2017

VIDEO: Nigerian Air Force Destroys Boko Haram Artillery in Sambisa Forest, Borno State

The Nigerian Airforce on Friday April 28th said it destroyed an artillery belonging to Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest while on patrol.

According to a statement released by the force, insurgents were able to complete the operation by sneaking into the forest.

Read the full statement below;

"As part of efforts by the military to flush out the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from their hideouts, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets have successfully destroyed an artillery piece which the BHT were in the process of sneaking into the Sambisa Forest. 

The artillery piece, which was concealed under a tree, was sighted by a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft while on daytime patrol in the Sambisa general area. About 7 BHT were also observed to be moving out from under the tree. 

The crew on board the ISR platform therefore immediately called for air strikes by NAF combat platforms. Following the alert, one Alpha Jet and one F-7Ni fighter aircraft were scrambled for air interdiction on the artillery piece.

The Alpha Jet and F-7Ni strikes were observed to have hit the target. Thereafter, the Alpha Jet aircraft strafed the area with rockets and the general location of the artillery piece was completely engulfed in an inferno. 

Subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) footage by a NAF ISR aircraft revealed that the strikes were successful as the artillery piece was neutralized. 

This is a follow-up to other interdiction missions previously carried out in the Sambisa general area and other suspected terrorists’ hideouts. With these successful attacks, the attempt by the remnants of the BHT to reinforce their capability with the artillery piece was thwarted".

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