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Army, NAF Decimate Boko Haram Operations, Kill 13

Nigeria Army
Posted: Nov 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nicholas Uwerunonye

In a coordinated attack orchestrated by a combined team of the Army and the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, a total of 13 insurgents were killed in Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Areas of Northern Borno State after the insurgents staged an offensive in the area. Troops of 119 Task Force Battalion, 8 Division Nigerian Army deployed at Kangarwa, neutralised 13 Boko Haram terrorists in a counter attack carried out by the troops.

Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter, while three others were wounded.

The offensive which began at about 4.00 p.m. and lasted for roughly four hours, necessitated the troops calling for air support to which the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) promptly responded by dispatching an Intelligence Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and a Ground Attack Fighter Aircraft in support of the ground offensive.

The fierce counter also saw some insurgents fleeing with gunshot wounds and abandoning logistics and weapons.

The troops also neutralized two Hilux vehicles belonging to the insurgents and recovered the following; a Hilux vehicle, one Browning Machine Gun (BMG), one Anti-Aircraft Gun (AAG), two General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), one Light Machine Gun (LMG), two Rocket Propelled Guns Seven (RPG 7) tubes and bombs, five AK-47 Rifles and 550 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun ammunition.

Explaining its areal operation, Ayodele Famuyiwa, director, Public Relations and Information (NAF) explained that fighter aircraft on Monday repelled attack by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) on army troops at Kangarwa in northern Borno State.

Following the report of the attack, 3x fighter jets and a reconnaissance aircraft were immediately deployed for the operation. While the fighter aircraft were scrambled to repel the attack, the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft was deployed to give guidance to ground troops on the position equipment and strength of the BHTs. The operation which started at about 1700 hours (5pm) continued till late evening at about 1915 hours (7:15pm) before the attack was successfully repelled.

Before repelling the attack at Kangarwa, the NAF also conducted a number of day and night operations on Monday. The air interdiction missions were aimed at decimating the operational capability of the insurgents.

The operations were carried out at Kashimeri, Tumbu Gini, Chukugudu and other BHT strongholds from where the insurgents launch attack on Bama and neighbouring settlements.