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Air Force intensifies bombarment of Sambisa Forest

05 May 2016, 19:08

Abuja - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has increased the tempo of air strikes in the Sambisa Forest in the Borno State.

According the Air Force High Command in Abuja, the objective of operations is to create an enabling environment that would enable the Surface Forces to move in and flush out the remnants of Boko Haram terror from the area.

The NAF, in the past one week since commencement of the operation codenamed Operation Crackdown, has mobilised more Fighter Ground Attack aircraft, Helicopter Gunships, and Medium Lift Helicopters to give the Operation the push required to flush Boko Haram terrorists.

“Heavy bombardment of legitimate targets has continued to create the enabling environment for ground forces to move-in,” The NAF said.

Also read: Military invades Sambisa Forest

During the operations, NAF has also been involved in dropping of leaflets within and around the Sambisa Forest to encourage repentant terrorists to come out and embrace the olive branch offered by the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has charged NAF personnel involved in the operation to remain at their peak in putting in their best in all assigned tasks as they enter into the last phase of the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

Abubakar made the call while speaking with officers and men of 75 Strike Group Yola and 79 Composite Group Maiduguri.

The Sambisa Forest, 60 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, is a lair of the Boo Haram terror group whose violence has killed 20 000 people and displaced 3 million.

- CAJ News


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