We wonâ€™t bombard civilian locations in Sambisa â€“ NAF
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday assured
that its ongoing strike mission in Sambisa forest
would not affect civilian targets.
Air Commodore Isiaka Amao, Air Component
Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, gave this
assurance in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
Amao explained that the air force conducted series
of intelligence gathering on the area before
embarking on the mission.
According to him, we are on a mission to wipe out
the Boko Haram terrorists from their Sambisa
â€˜â€™We are also aware that the terrorists usually keep
abducted women and children among them; so we
carry out series of intelligence-gathering before
striking at any target in the hideout.
â€œWe do not carry out strikes in women and children
locations because we know that they are innocent
persons kept by force by the terrorists.
â€œOur job is to degrade the terrorists and rescue
vulnerable persons forcefully abducted in their
hideout,â€ he said.
Amao said that the air force had continued to
intensify its effort in support of the ground troops
and had conducted no fewer than 40 intervention
missions, with over 80 per cent success in the
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