The statement signed by Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Airforce Public Relations, said, “On 1 September 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) neutralized hundreds of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in Garin Maloma area in Sambisa Forest.
“A NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform had earlier sighted the BHTs who were gathered under some trees.““Consequently, a combination of NAF fighter aircraft namely the F7-Ni, Alpha Jet and L-39 ZA aircraft was detailed to carry out air interdiction on the BHT gathering. ““The Alpha Jet aircraft acquired and attacked the target with bombs, neutralizing many of the BHTs. ““Thereafter, the F-Ni aircraft immediately conducted a bomb attack, which resulted in the death of more BHTs. ““The L-39ZA aircraft then followed through by strafing fleeing terrorists with rockets, killing most of them in the process. After the attacks, a few BHT survivors were seen scampering from the location”.
Sources disclosed that the terrorists who were seen brandishing several dangerous weapons, were believed to be gathering for EID EL KABIR prayers/celebration after which they would have left the muster point for deadly terror attacks on military locations in the epicenter of the war. “Meanwhile, the NAF said it has conveyed the DG of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and other NEMA officials to Makurdi, to give effect to the Presidential directive to assist flood victims in Makurdi. It said the NAF Beechcraft King Air aircraft was used to convey the team.“