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Boko Haram: NAF flies 1700 combat hours in 4 months

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) has attacked over 33 different Boko Haram Terrorists BHTs targets and flown close to 1,700 hours in the last 4 months as as part of its sustained efforts geared towards eliminating the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists and other terrorists’ groups in the North East of the Country.

This was disclosed on Wednesday, by the ATF Commander, Air Commodore Precious Amadi, while briefing the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during the CAS’ Operational Visit to Headquarters ATF (HQ ATF) Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, Maiduguri.

It was achieved in 889 Air Interdiction (AI); Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR); Battle Damage Assessment (BDA); Close Air Support as well as Tactical Airlift missions executed in 1,075 sorties with about 1.6 Million litres of Jet A-1 fuel expended from 1 January 2020 till date.

The Commander noted that the ATF had continued to pursue its mandate of contributing to the total defeat of the BHTs in order to bring peace to the North East. According to him, in the First Quarter of 2020, the ATF had conducted several subsidiary independent operations including Operations RATTLE SNAKE 2 & 3 and Operation DECISIVE EDGE, while also providing effective support for the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and allied partners in order to decimate, dislocate and deny the BHTs freedom of action.

He further revealed that the ATF, with its sustained aerial bombardments of identified BHT targets, has continued to shape the battlespace to create the enabling environment for the OPLD Land Component to operate more effectively as evidenced by the successes recorded in the ongoing joint subsidiary operation, codenamed Operation KANTANA JIMLAN.


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