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NAF deepens assaults on terrorists’ hideouts

Nigerian Air Force said it has continued to shell some locations identified as hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in the North east, as its intensifies “Operation Ruwan Wuta II.”

“Operation Ruwan Wuta II”, was initiated by the NAF to further decimate the ability of the the terrorists to freely operate and to give advantage to ground troops.

It said fighter jets conducted air interdictions mission on October 24, 2017, on  Ghata Musa, a location 16 kilometers Northwest of Madagali, which was observed to be an hideout of the terrorists.

The air interdiction was conducted by 5 aircraft namely 2 F-7Ni aircraft, armed with bombs and 3 Alpha Jet aircraft, armed with a combination of bombs, rockets and cannons, according to NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya.

Two Alpha Jet aircraft and 2 F-Ni aircraft, he said, took turns to pound the location with bombs, destroying some structures and sending a few terrorists survivors fleeing from the location. He added that the third Alpha Jet Aircraft returned to strafe the location with rockets and cannons, neutralizing some fleeing insurgents in the process.

He said the Air Force conducted another interdiction mission on the third day of the Operation Ruwan Wuta  on a the terrorists structure in Parisu, a village Northeastern gateway into the Sambisa Forest.

“The target building in Parisu was confirmed to be a BHT hideout and subsequently earmarked for attack,” he said. “Four NAF aircraft namely 2 x F-7Ni aircraft, armed with bombs and 2 x Alpha Jet aircraft, armed with bombs and rockets, conducted the air interdiction.”

Adesanya said one Alpha Jet aircraft and the 2 x F-7Ni aircraft took turns to attack the location with bombs, “thereby destroying the target structure.”

“This was followed up with rockets and cannons’ attack of the target area, by the second Alpha Jet aircraft, after which no terrorist movement was further observed at the location,” he said.

Also as part of activities for the “Operation Ruwan Wuta”, NAF has begun another round of medical outreach in Borno state.

According to NAF’s Chief of Medical Services, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, the outreach programme was designed to win the hearts and minds of the locals in the conflict areas as part of the overall campaign against insurgency.

Shinkafi said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar had also directed that surgeries be conducted, at no cost to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), for those requiring surgical interventions.

He said already a team of additional medical specialists has been deployed to the NAF 105 Composite Group Medical Centre to augment the existing medical manpower for the programme.

NAF spokesperson said upon deployment, the medical team had started attending to critical surgical cases in IDP camps around Maiduguri.

“So far, the NAF medical outreach team has successfully performed 21 general surgeries and 48 eye surgeries on IDPs from the various camps at no cost to the IDPs,” he said. “Additionally, NAF intends to extend the medical outreach to the IDPs in Monguno, where it is estimated that a minimum of 4000 IDPs will receive free medical treatment and another set of 250 will benefit from free surgical interventions within a 2-day period.”

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