Nigeria says it has killed Boko Haram militants in airstrike

FILE PHOTO: A Mil Mi-35P helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force in flight. (Creative Commons / Kenneth Iwelumo)
FILE PHOTO: A Mil Mi-35P helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force in flight. (Creative Commons / Kenneth Iwelumo)

The Nigerian air force has killed several Boko Haram militants in an airstrike in the northeastern state of Borno, an official said Monday.

Some of the militants’ structures, including a suspected fuel depot, were destroyed in the airstrike on Tumbun Allura, a Boko Haram logistics hub on the fringes of Lake Chad in northern Borno, military spokesman John Enenche said in a statement reaching Xinhua.

The air raid was executed Sunday following credible intelligence reports as well as aerial surveillance missions that identified the location, Enenche said.

“The Nigerian Air Force attack aircraft, dispatched by the Air Task Force to engage the location, scored accurate hits in the target area, resulting in the destruction of the terrorists’ fuel dump,” he said, adding several Boko Haram militants were also killed.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.