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Air Force intensifies search for Chibok girls, others in Sambisa forest

30 January 2016, 21:01

Maiduguri - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it is intensifying surveillance to locate the abducted Chibok girls and other captives held by Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest.

Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, the Deputy Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in charge of Air Component made this known when he briefed journalists in Maiduguri on Saturday.

Amao said that NAF had also destroyed the terrorists’ leadership hideouts; logistics support bases and infrastructure in its numerous air strikes.

``In continuation of the counter-terrorism operations under Operation Lafiya Dole, the air component has intensified air strikes against the Boko Haram terrorists.

``The air effort was focused on further degrading the terrorists operational capability as well as command and control structure, restricting their freedom of movement and destroying their logistics support base,’’ he said.

Newly discovered terrorists hideouts

He said that the Air Force had successfully carried out 286 operational sorties against the terrorists’ targets between December 25, 2015 and now.

``The air operation also intensified surveillance towards locating the abducted Chibok Girls and other citizens that may have been abducted by the terrorists group.

``The missions conducted led to the destruction of newly discovered terrorists hideouts, enclaves, logistics support bases and infrastructure, especially as they flee Sambisa to nearby locations due to aerial bombardments,’’ he said.

Amao said that the air efforts had further degraded the terrorists and denied them the opportunity to regroup as the case was in the past.

``Notable among the missions during the period was an air strike on December 25, where some Boko Haram leaders and junior commanders who had gathered for a meeting in Sambisa forest were neutralised by a precision strike.

``Post strike assessment indicated that over 15 terrorists were killed,’’ he said.

He said that NAF also conducted several interdiction missions against terrorists’ targets on part of Sambisa forest on different occasion.

``The most significant strike was conducted on January 17, after an intelligence report on the location of a high value terrorists leader taking refuge at a location south of Arra in Sambisa forest.

``Consequently air strikes were conducted to neutralise the target,’’ he said.



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