An airstrike by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) component of Operation Hakin Kai, a military operation against Boko Haram and other groups in north-eastern Nigeria, has killed eight terrorists.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, September 20, by NAF’s spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the terrorists were killed when NAF aircraft on an armed reconnaissance mission took out a gun truck at Baranga village in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.
Edward said: “The opportunity strike, which presented itself unexpectedly, occurred when two armed terrorists on a motorcycle along an active track were trailed.
“After sighting the aircraft, the terrorists took cover under thick vegetation. Upon engaging the vegetation cover, a gun truck with eight terrorists suddenly appeared, speeding off to evade the attack. Subsequently, the gun truck was engaged and destroyed, thus eliminating the terrorists.”
The spokesperson said, though remnants of terrorists in North East Nigeria have continued to seek the cover of thick forests and vegetation to evade being detected by security forces.
The Wednesday airstrike was “a clear indication of the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards ensuring terrorists find it difficult to randomly roam about freely attacking law-abiding Nigerians.”