Nigeria

Nigerian military pounds Boko Haram camp, kills scores

The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a Boko Haram camp in Borno.

Several terrorists were said to have been hit in a massive air strikes on July 15.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, made this known in a statement on Thursday.

The air raid took place at Ngwuri Gana along the Gulumba Gana-Kumshe axis of the state.

The spokesman said the air operation was in continuation of the sustained offensive against terrorists elements in the North-East.

The senior officer said the operation followed intelligence indicating that the settlement was one of the locations from where the terrorists launch attacks against troops’ positions and villages around the area.

Aerial surveillance missions also confirmed the heavy presence of a large number of terrorists in the settlement, some of whom were seen slinging their rifles.

“The Air Task Force therefore, launched coordinated attacks on the various targets within the settlement, employing an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships.

“The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the designated locations within the settlement, scoring devastating hits which led to the destruction of several structures, including the communication centres, as well as the neutralisation of several terrorists”, he added.

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