NAF Eliminates Terrorists In Lake Chad Fringes

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The Nigerian Airforce on Friday eliminated terrorists in Arina Woje situated in the Southern Tumbuns near Lake Chad.

The air strikes which led to the elimination of many terrorists, also saw their cohorts sustained several injuries.

Air strikes were also conducted by NAF aircraft against militants and oil thieves.

The decision was taken in an effort to deny criminals the freedom to cause mayhem and havoc against innocent civilians, the environment and the economy.

The Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, while speaking on the development, said, “Credible intelligence had further revealed that the location (Arina Woje) remained active with some other terrorists using the area to store their weapons and other logistics.

Consequent to achieving the mandate of the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai, approval was given for the air strikes with the resounding success recorded based on the huge cloud of smoke and fire observed as well as feedback from locals at the fringes of the location.

“It is important to note that the area was last attacked on 13 June 2023, with resounding success but it was noted that some terrorists, feeling the heat from other areas, were returning to the location to hide.

“Several air strikes were also carried out in the Niger Delta area of the country especially in Bille, a rural community in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, becoming well-known for numerous illegal oil refining activities.

“One of such strikes carried out on Thursday, became necessary after an active illegal refining site with reservoirs and storage tanks suspected to be containing illegally refined products was observed.

“The strikes aimed at denying, discouraging, and destroying the activities of oil thieves, which has continued to damage the environment as well as the economy of the nation, was deemed successful.

“Air strikes will continue in all troubled spots and areas where illegal criminal activities are known to occur.

“These operations will also be in liaison with other security and government agencies until the activities of these criminals are reduced to the barest minimum.”