The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have re-started their air-strike campaign against the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
A statement released by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Dele Alonge, stated that the strike missions, which were carried out by F-7NI and Alpha Jet fighter aircraft, along with attacks using helicopters, came after several weeks of tactical reconnaissance by the reconnaissance/surveillance aircraft.
The NAF spokesman said that the refreshed aerial assaults were aimed at the Nigerian military’s pursuit to incapacitate and further damage the spirit of the group.
THISDAY reported that security sources informed the newspaper that the raids were part of efforts that are aimed at guaranteeing that the promise by President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat the terrorist group and their activities in the next three months is carried through.
Alonge stated that “intelligence reports 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.”