The Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft have bombed locations of the Islamic State West African Province fighters in the Bukar Meram area, Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State.
The air force said on Thursday that the interdiction was carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole as part of the ongoing Operation Rattle Snake 3.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the interdiction was conducted on the ISWAP locations after intelligence reports indicated an increase in activities in the settlement with the observation of more terrorist fighters operating in the area.
He said, “Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its attack aircraft to engage designated locations within the settlement scoring multiple hits, leading to the neutralisation of some terrorists as well as the destruction of some structures housing the ISWAP elements.
“Operation Rattle Snake 3, which commenced on February 4, is aimed at targeting selected locations within the North-East in order to shape the battlespace for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.”