Nigerian Air Force bombs Boko Haram convoy in Gudumbali, Borno State, Nigeria
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said the operation was carried out early morning of Saturday.
He explained that the mission was initiated following intelligence reports indicating that a convoy of BHT vehicles had been sighted within the Damasak – Gudumbali Axis.
”Accordingly, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform was dispatched to search for and locate the convoy of vehicles.
The ISR aircraft spotted vehicles at a location 24 Km SW of Gudumbali heading in a Northwards direction. Consequently, a helicopter gunship was scrambled to attack the convoy.
The helicopter arrived the location and was vectored to the position of the vehicles. Which, at the time, were about midway between Nigerian Army (NA) locations at Metele and Arege.
Following communications with ground troops. The BHT vehicles were positively identified, isolated and attacked by the helicopter gunship in successive strikes.
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He said”The ISR aircraft continued to track the remaining 5 vehicles, which initially dispersed but later regrouped and continued their retreat to Tumbun Rego. They were subsequently attacked at their harbour location by the freshly rearmed helicopter gunship; with 3 direct hits recorded on the vehicles”.
He said that a follow-up attack on the newly discovered insurgents’ logistics base in Tumbun Rego was conducted by 2 Alpha Jet aircraft later in the morning of Saturday.
”The makeshift buildings and other facilities in the base were accordingly destroyed in the air strike.”