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Nigerian Army Destroys B/Haram Staging Area During Airstrike

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Zainab Sanni

The Nigerian Army on Thursday destroyed the ‘staging area’ used by Boko Haram terrorists to launch attacks on troops during a military airstrike at Parisu, Sambisa forest, Borno State.

A statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, noted that the military airstrike was launched after the army received credible intelligence on the activities of the insurgents.

According to the statement: “In furtherance of its objective of restoring peace and security in the North East of the Country, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, through the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, yesterday, 30 April 2020, neutralized some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and destroyed some of their logistics facilities at Parisu in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

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“The air strike, which was executed as a precursor to further air and ground operations, was conducted after intelligence reports revealed that the terrorists had resumed use of the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks against nearby troops’ locations”.

It added that “recent aerial surveillance missions had also shown significant terrorist activities in the area whilst identifying some compounds housing the fighters and their logistics items.

“Consequently, the Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the location. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets, while taking turns to engage the target area, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of the Country, until peace and normalcy are restored in all parts of Nigeria”.

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