By Doris Esa /Abuja
Nigerian Air Drive has given an in depth account of how the Air Job Drive (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Allied Air Forces supplied air assist to repel the assault by Boko Haram in Baga.
The fishing city was attacked by so-called members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), on the night of Dec.26.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Data, gave the account, detailing the handfuls of aerial strikes towards the positions of the terrorists.
“It could be recalled that the Headquarters 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Job Drive (MNJTF) Baga got here below assault by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) within the night of December 26.
“Upon receipt of the data of the assault, the Air Job Drive (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE instantly dispatched a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), platform together with two Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships to supply assist for the troops to repel the assault.
“The NAF ISR plane, which was overhead the troops’ location as at 7.15pm, additionally labored carefully with a NAF and one other allied ISR plane which are additionally within the operation space on the time of the assault.
“The ISR platforms had been in touch with the bottom troops and assisted in directing their hearth towards the terrorists, whereas the helicopter gunships engaged the terrorists at remoted areas destroying a few of their automobiles and neutralising some fighters,” he stated.
He stated the ATF additionally supplied assist for Nigerian Military (NA), and Nigerian Navy (NN), troops on the Naval Base at Doron Baga, “which equally got here below assault by ISWAP fighters on the morning of Dec.27 “.
Based on Daramola the ATF deployed two ISR platforms, two Helicopter Gunships and two Alpha Jet plane to supply ISR and shut air assist to the troops.
“After establishing communication with the bottom troops, the placement of the terrorists was ascertained and engaged by the Alpha Jet plane.
”The NAF and allied ISR platforms additionally noticed two ISWAP automobiles heading southwards from Baga and vectored the Alpha Jet plane to assault the automobiles, utterly destroying one among them and neutralising the occupants.
”With a view to improve the standard of coordination between the air and floor operations, the Theatre Commander and Maritime Part Commander had been carried onboard the ISR platform throughout one of many flights,” he stated.
The spokesman stated in all, the ATF carried out 20 missions in 21 sorties with a complete of about 39 hours flown on December 26 and 27 in assist of operations in Baga normal space. ”
“The NAF appreciates the present synergy with our gallant floor forces in addition to our Regional Allies in including worth to our collective efforts to guard our territory and folks,” he stated.