Operation Take Sambisa Forest: NAF Intensifies Raids

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Friday that it has intensified air operations in support of Operation Rescue Finale so as to create an enabling environment for troops to undertake final onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists in the Sambisa forest
The latest air operations, it was gathered, involve air interdiction and armed reconnaissance by NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships against Boko Haram terrorists’ camps and major hideouts.
The move is aimed at decimating the capability of the insurgents as well as making it difficult for them to assemble or pose any serious threat to troops during advance.
The air strikes are also intended to pave way for ground forces to move into the affected areas with a view to dislodging the bandits as other hideouts used by the terrorists.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, said in Maiduguri last week that an operation tagged “Operation Crackdown” to take over the Sambisa forest from the Boko Haram terrorists by troops had commenced.
He also said that alongside the Operation Crackdown, ‘Operation Safe Corridor Initiative’ had also been put in place for the terrorists to surrender.
“That is the corridor for them to surrender. That corridor is always open.
“However, we will not wait until they surrender, that is why operation crackdown, to ensure that we take over the Sambisa, clear the terrorists from those places and make the place safe for development,” Olonisakin had said.
It was gathered that a number of vehicles, fuel depots and other logistics items belonging to Boko Haram have been destroyed so far.
The NAF also provides air cover for troops during advance to prevent ambush while leaflets are dropped from helicopters in furtherance of the psychological Operation, it was further learnt

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