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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Newly acquired helicopters of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, have carried out day and night all weather gunship on the Boko Haram’s large structure housing solar panels and flags.

The Force’s director of information and public relations, Olatokunbo Adesanya said on Tuesday that the attacks were part of the continued clearance operations in the Northeast Region.

Mr Adesanya, an Air Commodore, said “On 21 May 2017, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, ISR, mission in Parisu, Borno State.

“During the ISR mission, a large structure with solar panels and flags suspected to harbour high value Boko Haram Terrorists, BHTs, was discovered, alongside other similar BHT structures hidden under trees.

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“Accordingly, on 22 May 2017, 2 attack helicopters; the Mi-17 and the newly inducted day and night, all weather gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind were scrambled to conduct strikes on the location in succession.

“Subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that several structures in the target area were engulfed in fire as a result of the strikes and a few BHT survivors were seen scampering from the location.”

Mr Adesanya also said NAF helicopter gunships have also destroyed 9 hidden barges with stolen oil products in several creeks within the Niger Delta under the framework of Operation DELTA SAFE.

The destruction of the barges is aimed at making the stealing of the nation’s oil products futile, dangerous and unattractive,” he said.

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