Friday, 28 July 2017

Many killed as Boko Haram attacks Borno village as Air Force says the terrorists are back to Sambisa Forest

At least five villagers have been killed after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a village in Borno State, SaharaReporters reports.

The insurgents reportedly stormed a remote village of Azur in Damboa local government area at about 8:30 am.

They reportedly shot sporadically and burned down houses after carting away foodstuffs and livestock.

A member of vigilantes group in Damboa town, Abubakar Jojo said, “They came and opened fire on our men on guard, we lost three member and two others. They overpowered our members and wounded 9 persons”

“They looted our foodstuffs and made away with livestock including goats and rams thereafter they set ablaze our houses,” said Abubakar.

The latest attack is coming barely after 24 hours after 48 people including staff of NNPC, University of Maiduguri, Nigerian troops, and CJTF were ambushed and killed in Magumeri local government area.

The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday said Boko Haram terrorists were back to the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

The Air Force however said its fighter jets and attack helicopters had bombed the terrorists’ hideouts 108 times between April and July, 2017.

The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military operation in the North-East, Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Yola, Adamawa State.

He stated, “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.”

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