The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has conducted air interdiction on structures hoisted Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organization flags in Zanari, Borno State.
Confirming the report, Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said a number of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) were spotted entering the buildings for meetings.
“In furtherance of the recently commenced Operation RUWAN WUTA, on 7 September 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) conducted air interdiction on structures with 2 hoisted Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organization flags in Zanari, a known location with significant BHT presence at the northern fringes of Borno State bordering Lake Chad.
“Quite a number of BHTs had earlier been spotted, from a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform, entering the buildings apparently for meetings” Adesaanya said.
He further stated that the F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet aircraft were detailed to attack the target. “Overhead the location, the target was acquired and engaged by the 2 aircraft, in rapid succession” Adesanya added.
The NAF spokesman said subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the targeted structures went up in flames, killing its occupants. “The objective of Operation RUWAN WUTA is to further degrade the capability of the BHTs thereby preventing them from regrouping to cause havoc for our surface forces. The Operation also aims at softening the ground for our surface forces to subsequently move in and conduct mopping up operations” Adesanya said.