NAF destroys ISWAPs’ staging area at Gashigar in Borno

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By Doris Esa

– The has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province () staging area at Gashigar Borno, and neutralised several of the insurgents.
said it also took ’ hideouts at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad and at Bula Bello near Sambisa Forest all Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and made this known a statement on Monday .
Daramola said this was achieved in air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on and Saturday on the heels of credible intelligence reports.
He explained the attack on Gashigar was executed on Jan. 25 after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions indicated the location, its defensive parapets and underground tunnels, was being used by elements as a staging area, where some of leaders and fighters meet to plan and attacks.
“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the identified location, destroying the structures, killing several in the process.
“Similarly, fighter jets were dispatched to attack Tumbun Rego and Bula Bello on Jan.24, after ISR aircraft detected significant activities in the two settlements.
“The attack aircraft effectively engaged the targeted locations equally destroying terrorist assets and neutralising several of combatants.
“In all, scores of were neutralised in the three attacks, including some of key leaders as later confirmed by Human Intelligence reports,” he said.
Daramola said , operating in concert surface forces, would sustain its air campaign to shape the battle space in the North East for effective conduct of further ground and air .