Nigerian military airstrikes destroy Boko Haram’s base, kill several militants

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Child soldiers. A government-backed Nigerian militia group battling the Boko Haram militants in the northeast region of the country has set free 461 child soldiers from its ranks. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
YOLA, NIGERIA – DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Several Boko Haram militants were killed and the terror group’s logistics base was completely destroyed following a series of airstrikes by the Nigerian military, said a defense spokesman on Saturday.

The air task force of the military, which carried out the raid on Friday, also decimated the major assembly area of Boko Haram at Valangide, a location on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in the northeastern state of Borno, said Bernard Onyeuko, the Nigerian defense spokesperson in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos.

Onyeuko said the mission was carried out after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft spotted and tracked some terrorists to compounds within the settlement where they resided in some well-developed structures.

According to him, the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) consequently scrambled its fighter jets to engage the location.

“The jets were vectored to the target by the ISR aircraft, with their munitions making direct hits in the target area, neutralizing some of the Boko Haram and damaging some of their dwellings,” he added.

The Nigerian air force, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations against the terrorists in the northeast region, he added.

The airstrike came barely a week after 47 troops were killed in an ambushed by Boko Haram in the Buk area of the Sambisa forest in the northern state of Borno.

The northeast region has been destabilized for over a decade by Boko Haram, which most notoriously kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014.

Boko Haram is known for its agenda to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country.

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