Warplanes bombard Boko Haram

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Nigerian military jetNigerian Air Force (NAF) warplanes yesterday sus­tained air raid on hideouts of Boko Haram in Yobe and Borno states. In the attack, many insurgents were killed.

This is coming when the military yester­day engaged terrorists in a fierce battle at Damasak, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic.

According to Major-General Chris Olu­kolade, Director, Defence Information, as part of ongoing operation to flush out terror­ists in North-East, the Air Force continued the pounding of identified hideouts in Yobe and Borno states.

“In the operation, many warplanes swam on identified locations, raining bombs, with mop-up on the ground simultaneously.”

In a related development, troops yester­day engaged Boko Haram at Damasak, in an attempt to retake the border town. Nigerian soldiers and those of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic were involved in the opera­tion.

Boko Haram had attacked Damasak and Ashigarchi towns in Mobbar Local Govern­ment Area of Borno State, killing over 50 persons on November 15, 2014.

The insurgents had stormed the commu­nities in Hilux vans and motorbikes, burn­ing vehicles, houses and forcing hundreds of residents to flee to the Cameroonian borders.

Sources confirmed that in the battle, the military had an upper hand, as soldiers push to recapture Damask, one of the boisterous border towns of Borno State, where farm produce like beans, pepper and tomatoes are produced in commercial quantity.

The community is close to Diffa in Niger Republic and was seized by terrorists last November, as part of Boko Haram’s cam­paign to create a caliphate.

(Source: sunnewsonline)

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