Many suspected leaders of Boko Haram may have been killed in a recent air strike carried out by Nigeria Air Force fighter jets. According to a statement issued from the Directorate of Public Relations and Information of the Nigeria Air Force, the strike took place in a village called Mangosum in Borno State. Mr. Adesanya said the attack was effected following a NAF intelligence. He said while a large number of suspected Boko Haram leaders were killed during the raid, troops also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition at the attacked location. Battle Damage Assessment conducted after the strike showed that several leaders of the Boko Haram Terrorist Organization and their followers were killed during the attacks. In addition, a sizeable cache of weapons and equipment was destroyed. With the successful air interdiction, the Nigerian Air Force was able to frustrate yet another attempt by the remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists to regroup in the Sambisa general area.
Mr. Samuel, a colonel, said the soldiers bravery was praised by top officers of the Nigerian Army. He said, “the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu commended the troops of 21 Brigade of the Division for delivering a devastating deep punch to Boko Haram terrorists leading to the capture of large quantities of terrorists’ equipment. In addition, the gallant troops made heavy seizures with the destruction of 1 vehicle bound Improvised Explosive Device belonging to the terrorists and capture of 1 Buffalo Gun truck”.