Thursday, 5 November 2015

Air Force Bombards Boko Haram Base In Niger

Niger’s air force has carried out its biggest counter-offensive attack against insurgents in eight months.

New Telegraph reports that the air force attacked a Boko Haram base in the country’s southeast and arrested more than 20 militants on Thursday, November 5.

Members of the terrorists’ group have repeatedly attacked the Lake Chad area, including Niger’s southern border region of Diffa.

Security sources said that government forces tracked the militants after a soldier was killed when a military vehicle was blown up by the group near Lake Chad on Monday, November 2.

“Our air forces destroyed this nest, but we do not yet have an official death toll,” a military officer said.

Last month, Niger’s parliament approved a three-month extension of a 15-day state of emergency in Diffa in order to boost security.

Meanwhile, a top U.N. official in West Africa said that when the rainy season ends, a long-awaited 8,700 regional task force is set to begin joint raids on militants’ last enclaves.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) also launched successful operations to further degrade the assets of the Boko Haram sect.

On October 27, NAF Alpha Jets carried out air strikes and destroyed the terrorists’ vehicle workshops, fuel and ammunition dumps all within the Sambisa forest.