Operation Thunder strike 2, entered Day 5 with the Air Force hitting boko haram terrorists (BHT) targets at Kollaram, on the Lake Chad Green fringes, as well as Bula Korege within Sambisa Forest.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said that the attack at Kollaram was conducted following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, coupled with Human Intelligence reports, that led to the identification of the hideout within the settlement.
The Air Force spokesman said: “Further ISR missions had also observed significant BHT presence in the middle of Bula Korege on the fringes of Sambisa Forest, with several buildings identified as locations where some BHT leaders reportedly resided.”
He said: “The attacks by the fighter jets destroyed about 12 BHT dwellings and several solar panels in the area of interest.”
According to him, a few boko haram survivors were seen fleeing the area and were appropriately engaged by the Mi-35M helicopter gunships.
“The NAF will sustain the momentum of the operation with a view to decimating the remnants of the insurgents,” he concluded.