Nigerian Air Force attacks insurgents in Sambisa forest

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started another round of air attacks on targets in the Sambisa forest in Borno state to flush out remnants of boko haram insurgents.

The interdiction mission codenamed ‘OPERATION FOREST STORM’ is a new phase of offensive air operations is aimed at further degrading the capabilities of the terrorists.

The operation in the Sambisa general area is designed to restrict the freedom of action of the insurgents as well as neutralise any threat posed to movement of troops with their rescue operations.

The operation, which commenced on 2 Oct. 2016, is expected to last few days.

According to Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, Director of Public Relations and Information, during this period, the Air Force will be conducting series of air interdictions to take out a number of carefully selected targets in the Sambisa Forest.

He said that the Air Component of “Operation Delta Safe’’ has continued to rid the creeks in the Niger Delta of illegal oil refineries and barges used for carrying stolen petroleum products.

He said the Force was using the EC-135 helicopters to destroy illegal refineries and barges along east of Isaac town, Borikiri, old Bakana as well as Bakana and Bille Communities.

Armed patrol over the affected areas also showed other illegal human activities as people were seen digging bays to bury storage tanks, drums and jerry cans.

He urged criminal elements to seek legitimate means of livelihood.

The NAF, he said, would not relent in its spirited effort to stamp out these acts of economic sabotage and illicit activities in the region and other parts of the country.