According to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), its unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram Terrorists group.
The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement on Tuesday that the UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists at Garin Moloma, about one kilometer north of the Sambisa forest.
“At the time of the UAV attack, the location, though under surveillance for quite a while, had a large gathering of BHTs and vehicles.”
He said that the multiple explosions and huge fire ball from the location, was suspected to either be an ammunition/fuel storage or weapons/technical workshop.
“The multiple explosions and huge fire ball from the location, as can be seen from the enclosed video of the UAV strike, strongly suggests that it may be either an ammunition/fuel storage or weapons/technical workshop.
“This strike is thus a major setback for the Boko Haram Sect, and a major plus for the fight against insurgency by own troops,” he said.
The Air Force in a statement in January said it had conducted 286 air operations on Boko Haram targets for the last one month (December 2015 – January 2016).
This was disclosed by the Deputy Theatre Commander (Air) of the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East (Operation Lafiya Dole), Air Vice Marshall Isiaka Amao, during a press conference in Maiduguri last month. He said the air component of the counter-insurgency operation has conducted 286 “operational sorties” against Boko Haram terrorists targets from December 25, 2015 to January, 2016, aimed at further degrading the terrorist group, also was targeted towards surveillance at locating the abducted Chibok girls and other citizens that may have been abducted by the terrorist group.
Explaining further, he said this translate to 157,000 square kilometers of operational coverage, equivalent “to the total land mass of South Korea, Portugal and Togo.” A total of 536 hours 21 minutes were flown by various platforms engaged in the operations, translating into 316,637.5 litres of aviation fuel, which amounts to N60,376,912, excluding the cost of maintenance and armament expended.”