Barely 48 hours after The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in a report accused military authority in Nigeria of secretly burying more than 1,000 soldiers, Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram in the North East have confirmed the killing of several terrorists in Borno State.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in a press statement stated that its Air Task Force (ATF), engaged in the counter-insurgency operations in the North East bombarded more terrorist camps and killed scores of its fighter at Alafa on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore
Ibikunle Daramola, who signed the statement said: “In continuation of its sustained efforts to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the northeast of Nigeria, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed a BHT hideout and killed some fighters at Alafa on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
He said, “The airstrike was conducted on August 1, 2019, following Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that revealed the presence of the terrorists, along with their logistics supplies and equipment, in a group of structures within the settlement.
Air Commodore Daramola stated that the two ATF Alpha Jets launched the offensive against the insurgents.
According to him, the attack which led the killing of several Boko fighters.
“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its operations against the terrorists in the North East,” the statement said.
The report of the Wall Street Journal had sparked reactions among Nigerians when it went viral on August 1.