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Birnin-Gwari: NAF Runs into Ambush, Eliminate Armed Bandits

Troops of the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment, Birnin Gwari on Thursday, 9 January 2020, foiled an ambush set up by over 70 armed bandits at Ungwan Yako along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in Kaduna State.

The gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari killing several bandits in the process.

Unfortunately, one NAF personnel paid the supreme price in the process while some sustained varying degrees of injury. The deceased airman, Aircraftman Mukhtar Ibrahim, is scheduled to be buried today in accordance with Islamic rites while the injured personnel are currently receiving treatment at the NAF Hospital in Kaduna.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of the fallen hero and prays that the Almighty grants his soul peaceful repose.

The CAS has urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the Northwest of all criminal elements.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
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NAF Attacks Boko Haram at Kollaram
Air strikes being conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE as part of the ongoing Operation RATTLE SNAKE 2 have continued to yield tremendous results. The latest of these is the destruction of portions of an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) tactical headquarters and neutralization of some of their fighters at Kollaram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State.

2. The operation was executed in 2 waves of attacks carried out on 4 and 5 January 2020 following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of compounds within the settlement where the terrorists’ leaders were housed. Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the identified hideouts in different parts of the settlement, destroying the structures and killing several terrorists, including a few that were spotted near a cluster of buildings at the northern edge of the location.

3. The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its air campaign to shape the battlespace in the Northeast for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force