The Nigerian Air Force, NAF has reportedly killed two wanted Boko Haram Commanders, Abu Ubaida and Mallam Yusuf Abba.
NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Wap Maigida confirmed the operation which occurred on December 22.
It was said that the terrorist commanders were killed in airstrikes including forty of their foot soldiers at an abandoned warehouse in the Kurebe community around Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
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The airstrikes were conducted by NAF aircraft attached to Operation Whirl Punch.
A report from NAF said:
“It would be recalled that on 22 December 2022, a NAF aircraft struck a terrorists’ gathering at Kurebe in Shiroro LGA.
“Several terrorists were killed, but it was unclear if any of the terrorists’ kingpins were eliminated in the air attacks.
“Consequently, after the said airstrike, preliminary investigations via exploitation of several sources revealed that there was an underground in the warehouse where the terrorists run to hide whenever a NAF aircraft flew over the area.
“It was also revealed that the terrorists hibernating within the location and bikes were seen on different occasions carrying fertilisers to the warehouse.
“These fertilisers are used by the terrorists to produce Improvised Explosive Device(s).
“Accordingly, NAF fighter jets were dispatched with the mission of ensuring total destruction of the warehouse and annihilation of the terrorists.”
The Nigerian military air component hence promised to continue its operations against Boko Haram.
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