In Gubio, Borno state, numerous Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists were eliminated while their gun wagons were destroyed in a well-coordinated joint operation by the air force and ground forces.
A military intelligence officer told PRNigeria news agency that at least four weapons trucks belonging to the criminal elements were destroyed in air strikes by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) alpha jet while ground forces pursued and eliminated fleeing terrorists.
The insurgents were killed on Monday in a clash with the military jet that was supposed to support ground troops in Gubio at close range.
PRNigeria learned that Gubio’s ground forces initially faced the invading terrorists when the NAF jet was instructed on another mission to advance to the Gubio axis.
“When the NAF Alpha Jet spotted the Boko Haram ISWAP fighters fleeing to Damasak in four-gun trucks, it blew up their convoy and then immobilized the occupants.
“After the air strikes, some terrorists who tried to escape on foot were neutralized by ground forces.
“Aside from the wrecked gun vans, the items recovered by the terrorists included sophisticated weapons, ammunition, fragmentation jackets, canisters, bags of Indian hemp, sexual enhancement pills and an exercise book with Arabic texts on bomb making,” the source said.
Following reports of terrorist movements within Sambisa of Parisu through the Njimiya Axis, another rapidly disrupted military attack jet intercepted the Boko Haram ISWAP elements in one location and neutralized them in multiple air strikes.
When contacted regarding the development, NAF spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet told the news agency that the mission was a success.
“Although I cannot provide details on Monday’s operations, the Air Force successfully destroyed their gun vehicles while ground forces pursued the remains of the terrorists,” said Gabkwet.
Meanwhile, the theater commander, General Christopher Musa, has praised the troops for the bravery in the joint air and ground operation and urged them to remain determined to ensure the total annihilation of the ISWAP Boko Haram terrorists in their hideouts and enclaves.
NAF destroys 6 more terrorist weapons vehicles and neutralizes the results in Borno(Opens in a new browser tab)