LAGOS, Feb. 5 (Xinhua)
The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday said it raided suspected hideouts of rebels in the northern state of Borno, one of the three states under a subsisting state of emergency. The operation was part of the ongoing
efforts to rid the state of insurgents from the volatile areas like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, spokesman for the 79 Composite Group of the Air Force Chris Erondu said in a statement reaching Xinhua.
The raid came up barely 24 hours after suspected armed robbers attacked traders in northeast Yobe State on the Ngalda road, killing 19 of them and injuring five others in Bara village.
The operation was conducted in
Bulabulim,Yujiwa-Alagarno, all located around Damboa axis of Borno State, Erondu added, noting that the raid was carried out after surveillance in the areas.
The airforce spokesperson said the results were remarkable as the insurgents have retreated to neighboring countries including Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic and have suffered heavy casualties.
He said the 79 Composite Group of the Air Force have also maintained constant security watch on Maiduguri and neighboring communities to prevent future attacks.
The Nigerian military recently launched the bombardment of Boko Haram’s enclave around northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The threes states have been under a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan eight months ago, due to Boko Harams’s insurgency.
Attacks have been on rise in recent
months in Borno, a state bordering
Cameroon, Niger and Chad, where the
threat from Al- Qaida’s North African
branch AQIM is looming.