Nov 22, 2017 – Nigerian Air Force Destroys Boko Haram Bomb Production Facility In YIWE Forest Borno State
The Air Force today announced it has destroyed an insurgents’ facility for manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Borno.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, said the feat was in furtherance of operation “Lafia Dole”.
Adesanya said the facility was located in YIWE forest, which is 23km south of Konduga in the state.
“Previous NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had revealed the location to be the insurgents’ hideout, from where the Maiduguri suicide bombing of Nov. 18 was reportedly planned.
“Available Human Intelligence also revealed that the hideout contained IED-making facility for the insurgents’ suicide bombing attacks.
“Accordingly, one Mi-17 Helicopter, 2 x Alpha Jet and 2 x F-7Ni aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the target over a two-day period.
“Overhead the location, the aircraft took turns to deliver a combination of bombs, rockets and cannons on the target,” he said.
The director also revealed that the subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) had destroyed the IED-making facility and other insurgents structures, killing an unspecified number of them in the process.
He added that the air strikes also sparked huge flames within the settlement, owing to the cache of explosives stored by the insurgents, while a few fleeing insurgents were further gunned down with cannons and rockets.