A combined effort by the Nigerian Air force (NAF) and the Nigerian Army have repelled the efforts of terrorist group, Boko Haram, to successfully cause harm in Bita Village, Borno State.
In a statement issued by the director of public relations and information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said large numbers of insurgents were killed and many others injured in the operation carried out by forces in the area.
Alonge said the Air Force would continue to provide combat air support to the ground force in all operations carried out by troops in the north-east.
“The Nigerian Air Force using its Alpha-Jet, provided combat air support to the ground force to attack the insurgents where they were observed to be mopping up to carry out a deadly attack on the village,” he said.
Alonge said the NAF Alpha-Jet also conducted an armed reconnaissance along Bita to Gwoza road, and through Yamtege, Hamdaga, Dure and Pulka.
He said the momentum would be sustained in the ongoing operations against the terrorists in the north-east until all portions of Nigeria’s territory were safe and free from the insurgents.
The new Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadeeq Abubakar, has pledged to improve NAF firepower in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.