Nigerian Air Force steps up bombardment of Boko Haram positions

Nigerian Air Force steps up bombardment of Boko Haram positions

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 1:35 pm

Ayorinde Oluokun /Abuja


The Nigerian Air Force has said its jets will continue to bomb Boko Haram positions in Sambisa Forest and other places.

An Air Force attack helicopter

An Air Force attack helicopter

Chief of Air Staff  gave the assurances to Nigerians, saying  that the air assault would continue until total victory is achieved.

Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the Director of Information for the Air Force also revealed in the statement that the Nigerian Air Force has intensified the aerial bombardments of Sambisa forest.

According to him, the F-7 fighter aircraft carried out interdiction mission over designated targets and suspected Boko Haram locations while the Alpha Jet carried out armed reconnaissance and attack some moving vehicles belonging to BHT.

Alonge added that while, the Mi -24 and Mi-35 attack helicopters further carried out interdiction mission at some identified targets all in Sambisa forest, the ATR-42 and Diamond-142 surveillance aircraft continued with their ISR missions over Damasak, Alafia and Sambisa forest where some abandoned vehicles belonging to the terrorists were seen at some locations in the forest.

According to Alonge,  the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar has authorized the immediate establishment of a 2-Level Hospital at the largest Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP) in Maiduguri.

The Air Chief also ordered the construction of a borehole to service the hospital and other people within the camp.

The  National Security Adviser (NSA) Maj Gen Babagana Monguno(rtd) accompanied by the Service Chiefs had earlier visited several IDP Camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States including Dalori Camp last week where it was observed that the elderly men, women and children were in dare need of more healthcare and water supply.

Consequently, the Chief of Air Staff gave the NAF Director of Medical Services the marching order to establish a hospital with full complements to enhance the IDP healthcare needs.










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