The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai have continued onslaught on terrorists and insurgents on islands and localities around the Lake Chad.
The latest assault has led to the decimation of dozens of terrorists converging in a boat around the area.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who spoke on the latest breakthrough, noted that upon receiving credible intelligence on October 20, 2021 that about 20 boats with suspected Boko Haram /ISWAP terrorists were converging for a meeting on an Island in the Tumbuns on the Lake Chad and at Malam Fatori, three NAF aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai were assembled to undertake strikes on the targets.
He said: “Reaching overhead the targets, the pilots observed a gathering of about 20 boats, consisting five to seven suspected terrorists in each boat. Using a mix of bombs and rockets, the aircraft carried out a series of strikes and scored devastating hits on the targets, leaving some survivors scampering for their lives.
“The operation by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai yet again confirms the high concentration of terrorist and insurgent elements hibernating in the Lake Chad general area.”
Working alongside the Army and Naval components, as well as other security agencies under Operation Hadin Kai, the Air Component will continue to sustain its operation, until the area is rid of all terrorists and insurgents.”
NAF fighting capacity was boosted by the recent delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets from the United States.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had described the fighter jets as a “game changer,” saying they have been used for operations in the northeast.
It would be recalled that the first batch of6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft arrived Kano, on July 22, 2021.