Air Force says terrorists are back in Sambisa forest

The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Tajudeen Yusuf, said the terrorists are gradually returning to their former stronghold.

___7063123___https:______static.pulse.com.gh___webservice___escenic___binary___7063123___2017___7___28___11___3

At a briefing in Yola, Adamawa State on Thursday, July 27, NAF said the terrorists are gradually returning to Sambisa Forest, their former stronghold.

The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military operation in the North-East, Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf disclosed this to newsmen.

Incessant bombardment of the forest by NAF and the efforts of foot troops had flushed the insurgents out of their 'headquarters.'

Yusuf said NAF fighter jets and attack helicopters had bombed the terrorists' hideouts 108 times between April and July, 2017.

He said, "Intelligence surveillance and Reconnaissance reports through the second quarter of 2017 indicated a gradual return of the Boko Haram terrorist activities to the Sambisa Forest. There have been sightings of a few Boko Haram activities in the Sambisa general area, particularly in Parisu.

"Hence, the air component conducted significant ISR missions in the Sambisa general area. On July 3, an air interdiction mission was conducted on Alagarno Camp. Several solar panels were seen on buildings in the location, which indicated that it was being used as a Command and Control facility.

"The NAF conducted air interdiction missions with the F-7Ni, Alpha jets, L-39ZA, Mi-17 and the Mi-35M attack helicopters to neutralise the Boko Haram terrorist targets within the theatre.

"A total of 108 air interdiction sorties were conducted from April to June 2017."

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, had also on Thursday expressed shock at the recent massacre of oil workers and military personnel by the terrorists.

Shettima said the latest attack is a setback for the anti-insurgency war.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

I'm humbled - Peter Obi reacts on warm reception at Redemption City

I'm humbled - Peter Obi reacts on warm reception at Redemption City

2023: Obi, Tinubu, others to pay N10m for campaign posters in Anambra

2023: Obi, Tinubu, others to pay N10m for campaign posters in Anambra

I remain LP’s governorship candidate in Plateau – Margif

I remain LP’s governorship candidate in Plateau – Margif

Minister threatens to sanction Chinese company over rail contract

Minister threatens to sanction Chinese company over rail contract

Police arrest 4 suspected carjackers terrorising residents of Lagos

Police arrest 4 suspected carjackers terrorising residents of Lagos

Police committed to strengthening evidence-based investigation - CP

Police committed to strengthening evidence-based investigation - CP

616 PDP members defect to APC in Gombe

616 PDP members defect to APC in Gombe

Works Minister assures timely completion of road projects nationwide

Works Minister assures timely completion of road projects nationwide

Gov Akeredolu to declare Araromi Seaside as Tourists Zone

Gov Akeredolu to declare Araromi Seaside as Tourists Zone