The Nigerian Air Force said on Monday that it successfully carried out airstrikes against Boko Haram terrorists as their tactical base in Izza, Borno State.
It said scores of Boko Haram fighters were killed during the attack, Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement.
The latest offensive against the insurgents, he added, was under the auspices of Operation Green Sweep 3.
Air Commodore Daramola said: “The intensive air strikes being conducted under the auspices of Green Sweep 3 have yielded more successes as the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, on August 9, 19, decimated a major tactical base of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and neutralised scores of their fighters at Izza on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
“The location was designated for the attack after Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had established that the location was being used as a staging area from where the BHT elements launch their attacks.
“Consequently, the ATF scrambled three Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location, with the timing synchronised to inflict maximum damage and mortality on the terrorists.
“As a result, there was massive devastation on the affected target while scores of terrorists were killed in the process.”