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NIGERIA: BOKO HARAM – AIR FORCE COMMENCE OPERATION FOREST STORM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced another round of air interdiction missions codenamed ‘Operation Forest Strom’ in the North Eastern part of the country.

A statement Tuesday from Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said this new phase of offensive air operations is aimed at further degrading the capabilities of the Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa general area.

He stated that the mission is targeted at restricting the freedom of the insurgents as well as neutralise any threat posed to movement of own ground forces in continuing with their rescue operations.

Famuyiwa added that the operation, which commenced on 2 October 2016, is expected to last few days, explaining that during this period, the NAF would be conducting series of air interdictions to take out a number of carefully selected targets in the Sambisa Forest.

He also said 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 added that: “The NAF today, using the EC-135 helicopters, destroyed illegal refineries and barges along east of Isaa town, Borikiri, old Bakana as well as Bakana and Bille Communities.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK