The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has announced “the death of a large number” of Boko Haram fighters, resulting from ongoing air strikes on Sambisa Forest and parts of Gwoza, in Borno State.
It said that the air strikes, which targeted the suspected insurgents’ training camps and logistics dumps in the aforementioned areas, “achieved the aims with required precision” as, according to the DHQ, many of them are “scampering all over the forest and out of the struck bases.”
The disclosure was contained in a statement signed Thursday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade.
According to the statement, the “concerted air campaign by the Nigerian Air Force”, is part of the overall mission by the Nigerian military, to flush the fighters out of their hideouts.
The development is coming a day after the DHQ disclosed that troops had killed over 300 Boko Haram and liberated 11 communities in the state.
It further noted that the air strikes are continuing in other locations, to pave the way for the advance of troops.
“A concerted air campaign by the Nigerian Air Force is ongoing in furtherance of the mission to clear terrorists from all their enclaves. The air strikes which today targeted the training camps and logistics dumps of the terrorists in Sambisa Forest and parts of Gwoza have been highly successful as it achieved the aims with required precision. The death of a large number of terrorists has been recorded while many others are also scampering all over the forest and out of the struck bases. Details of casualties will be determined in subsequent phases of the operation.
“Meanwhile, the strikes continue in other locations of the theatre heralding the advance of troops and other elements of the mission,” the statement said.