Nigerian Airforce helicopter hits Boko Haram base

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Tuesday that its newly acquired helicopter has destroyed Boko Haram operational bases in Borno State.

A statement signed by the Director of Information and Public Relations at NAF, Air Commodore, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the raid was part of the ongoing clearance operation in the Northeast.

The statement said: “On May 21, 2017, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in Parisu, Borno State.

“During the ISR mission, a large structure with solar panels and flags suspected to harbour high value Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) was discovered, alongside other similar BHT structures hidden under trees.

“Accordingly, on May 22, 2017, two attack helicopters; the Mi-17 and the newly inducted day and night, all weather gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind were scrambled to conduct strikes on the location in succession.

“Subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that several structures in the target area were engulfed in fire as a result of the strikes and a few BHT survivors were seen scampering from the location.”

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