The Nigerian Air Force launched air strikes on new Boko Haram camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in Northern Borno during the night operation on August 29. The attack followed an intelligence report that survivors of a similar NAF Mi-17 helicopter attack on August 20 had converged at the new location, which is about 4-6km away.
This was contained in a statement by Director, NAF Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, made available to NAIJ.com. It reads in part: “The post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission had revealed that surviving terrorists converged at the new location. The information was later confirmed to be true by series of follow-up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions that led to the latest strike. Recall that the general area around Malam Fatori and Kangarwa is infested with the terrorists hence the need to clear the remnants of terrorist in the area. The air assault is therefore expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate. “Meanwhile, NAF Alpha jets have helped to repel an attack by BHTs on troops of 153 Battalion who were on fighting patrol at Ala Lumshe. The troops, on Saturday 27 August 2016, had come under attack from BHTs about 4km south of Marte when the Alpha jets were called-in to dislodge the insurgents.” Famuyiwa added: “The air assault is expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate.”