The Nigerian Air Force has recorded new airstrikes against Boko Haram insurgents supposedly hiding under trees.
After the acquisition of Mi-35M Super Hind, all all-weather helicopter gunship, NAF on Tuesday announced its first hit in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast.
Air Commodore, Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information on May 21 said, an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission by NAF Component of Operation “LAFIYA DOLE” in parisu, Borno led to casualty on the insurgents.
“During the ISR mission, a large structure with solar panels and flags suspected to harbour high value insurgents was discovered, alongside other similar structures hidden under trees.
“Accordingly, on May 22, two attack helicopters; the Mi-17 and the newly inducted day and night, all weather gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind were scrambled to conduct strikes on the location in succession,” he said.
Adesanya said during battle damage assessment several structures in the targeted area was engulfed by fire stemming from the airstrikes and the few insurgents who survived the strikes absconded from the location.
The NAF helicopter gunship has also been used to destroy nine hidden barges in several Niger Delta creeks with stolen oil products, done under the framework of Operation “SAFE DELTA”.
According to the Air Force officer the reason for the Operation was to make national Oil theft dangerous, unattractive, and futile for those who engage in it.