The Nigerian Air Force has kicked off intensified aerial raid against Boko Haram insurgents in the Sambisa Forest. In a mail on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from the Director of Information and Public Relations of the NAF, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, confirmed that the Air Force commenced the raids after weeks of surveillance aircraft in the mission area.
Alonge disclosed that the NAF deployed F-7NI and Alpha jets as well as attack helicopters for the operation intended to combat and incapacitate the insurgents.
In his words, ‘The Nigerian Military in its resolution to incapacitate and further degrade the fighting spirit of Boko Haram Terrorist Group has carried out several bombings and air strike missions in Sambisa Forest.
‘Intelligence report revealed that as aftermath of the strike missions, the terrorists have been confined and their capabilities greatly reduced, thereby restricting their nefarious activities to small scale attacks and suicide bombings,‘ the statement read.
Alonge quoted the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiqur Abubakar, as giving assurance that the current air raids would be sustained until the insurgency was brought to an end.