Several Boko Haram Terrorists were killed and some structures in their camp at Abulam in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State have been destroyed in airstrikes conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole.
This was disclosed in a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the Nigerian Air Force spokesperson, on Wednesday.
According to the Air Force, the operation took place on Tuesday and it was executed to mark the commencement of Operation RattleSnake 2, an air Interdiction operation aimed at taking out some identified insurgent camps and logistics facilities in order to further diminish the terrorists’ fighting capability.
The statement explained that Abullam was selected for an attack on day one of the operation based on credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed using the once-abandoned settlement as a staging point from where they launch attacks against the army ground troops’ locations.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its attack aircraft, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to attack designated compounds within the settlement,” the statement read.
The jets, the statement continued, “took turns to engage the target in successive passes leading to the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.”
It would be recalled that the Air Force had announced the commencement of Operation RattleSnake in December.