A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Tucano fighter jet has killed 16 Boko Haram terrorists in Banki border area of Bama Council in Borno State.
The neutralisation of insurgents on November 16 and 17, 2022 followed intelligence-led aerial and ground-coordinated military operations by troops in the border areas with Cameroon.
A counter-insurgency expert, in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, yesterday, in Maiduguri, disclosed “Boko Haram has suffered another devastating loss of its foot soldiers in the coordinated joint military operations in the border areas of Banki.”
According to him, the neutralised terrorists had been hibernating in the Chongolo and Tangalanga border communities with Cameroon, 134 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the state capital.
On how the terrorists were killed, he said: “The bombs from the detailed attack Super Tucano Aircraft accurately hit on the target,” adding that this led to the obliteration of 16 of the terrorists and their motorcycles.
He added that the operation was conducted pursuant to credible intelligence reports indicating that the settlement was one of the locations being used by the fighters.
“The terrorists used the settlements as their staging locations to attack nearby military bases and soft targets in Banki border areas with Cameroon,” he said.