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Nigerian Air Force strikes 20 insurgent boats in Lake Chad

A spokesperson for the air force said the 20 boats consisted of five to seven insurgents in each.

• October 23, 2021
Nigerian Air Force
Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its aircraft in Operation ‘Hadin Kai’ (OPHK) has continued to strike insurgent targets on islands and localities around Lake Chad.

“Credible intelligence was received on October 20 that about 20 boats carrying suspected insurgents and ISWAP terrorists were converging for meetings on an island in Tumbuns on the Lake Chad, as well as at Malam-Fatori.

“Three NAF aircraft were consequently scrambled to carry out strikes on the targets.

“Reaching overhead the targets, the pilots observed a gathering of about 20 boats consisting of five to seven suspected insurgents in each, using a mix of bombs and rockets.

“The three aircraft carried out series of strikes and recorded devastating hits on the targets leaving some survivors scrambling for their lives.

“The operations by the air component, once again, confirm the high concentration of insurgent elements in the Lake Chad general area,” the Air Force spokesperson Edward Gabkwet said on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the Air Force will continue to work alongside the army, the Navy and other security agencies under OPHK to sustain its operations until the area was rid of insurgents. 

(NAN)

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