Air Force Intensifies Air Strikes On Boko Haram’s Bunkers In Sambisa Forest

NAFThe Nigerian Air Force yesterday smoked out more Boko Haram elements from their fortified bunkers deep inside Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

It was also gathered that the military has uncovered the insurgents’ new trick of operating make-shift bunkers covered by logs and tree trunks.

In a statement on Sunday by PRNigeria, the covert consultancy firm that handles the Nigerian military propaganda machinery, the raids were part of efforts aimed at enforcing the marching orders issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to the service chiefs to crush the deadly terrorists and end their operations in three months.

The statement said: “In series of videos obtained by PRNigeria, Alpha jets and attack helicopters were seen raining explosives on some targeted locations hidden under trees and open warehouses.

“Unlike the standard bunkers that are fortified chambers built below the ground with reinforced concrete, some of the fortifications destroyed by Nigerian Air Force were not set below the surface of the ground but were mostly covered by logs and tree trunks.

“The mission is being accomplished by the recent deployments of fighter jets and attack helicopters in the Northeast”.

The statement said troops had been in high spirit since the bombardment of Boko Haram bunkers began.

According to PRNigeria, a senior fighter pilot said: “The Nigerian Air Force pilots are in high spirit as they even compete to fly the aircraft to defend their fatherland in their aggressive and patriotic determinations to end the Boko Haram ‘rubbish’ as soon as possible.

“The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar had challenged NAF pilots to prove their worth by displaying their skills and expertise in combating enemies from the air.

“While addressing the pilots recently, Abubakar said the raid would be sustained consistently and aggressively until the insurgency was brought to an end in Nigeria.

“The Air Force raids commenced after weeks of reconnaissance by surveillance aircraft in the mission area. The deployed F-7NI, Alpha jets and attack helicopters are intended to degrade the fighting capacity of the terrorists”.