Chief Of Air Staff Coordinates Air Strike Against Boko Haram Transport Trucks

NAFTwo trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram Terrorist sect have been intercepted and destroyed by the Nigerian Air Force.
An Augusta helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force, which was on an armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, carried out the strike.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the trailers were covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.
The statement read: “The recent air operation against the BHTs was commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar from NAF reconnaissance aircraft, the King Air 350i. The CAS coordinated the various NAF platforms involved in the operation to provide close air support to ground forces, led by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, as they advance from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala”.
Meanwhile, Alonge said a Nigerian Air Force 260, a Mi-24V attack helicopter, was hit during the operation. One of the main rotor blades was hit and damaged.
However, he said the pilot was able to successfully fly the helicopter back to base to land where it was repaired and is back to the theatre of operation.

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