August 03, (THEWILL) – Scores of Boko Haram-ISWAP terrorists have been killed while their gun trucks were also destroyed in a well-coordinated joint operation of the air component and the ground troops in Gubio, Borno State.
A military intelligence officer told PRNigeria, that at least four gun trucks belonging to the Insurgents were destroyed by airstrikes of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) alpha jet while ground troops pursued and eliminated fleeing terrorists.
The insurgents were killed on Monday during an encounter with the military jet, sent to provide close-air supports to ground forces at Gubio.
PRNigeria learnt that the ground troops at Gubio were initially confronting the invading terrorists when the NAF jet on a different mission was instructed to proceed to the Gubio axis.
“The NAF alpha jet, on sighting the Boko Haram-ISWAP fighters fleeing towards Damasak in four-gun trucks, rocketed their convoy and subsequently immobilised the occupants.
“After the aerial bombardments, some terrorists who were trying to escape on foot, were neutralised by ground troops.
“Apart from the destroyed gun trucks, items recovered from the terrorists included sophisticated guns, ammunition, fragmental jackets, jerry cans, bags of Indian hemp, sexual enhancement pills and exercise book containing Arabic text on how to make bombs,” the source said.
Meanwhile, following reports of terrorists’ movements within Sambisa from Parisu through Njimiya axis, another military attack jet, which was quickly scrambled, intercepted the Boko Haram-ISWAP elements at a location and neutralised them in multiple airstrikes.
When contacted on the development, NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the mission was successful.
“While I can’t give details on the Monday’s operations, the air component successfully destroyed their gun trucks, while the ground troops were spotted pursuing the remnant of the terrorists”, Gabkwet said.
Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander, General Christopher Musa, has commended the troops for the gallantry in the joint air and ground operation and charged them to remain resolute in ensuring total annihilation of ISWAP-Boko Haram terrorists in their hideouts.