Terrorists in Tumbun Fulani, others at receiving end of Airforce firepower
Terrorists hibernating in the Tumbuns on the fringes of Lake Tchad in Borno State were at the receiving end of Nigeria Airforce’s firepower as air strikes obliterated their hideouts, destroying their structures and strategic logistics base.
The reports gathered that Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Shitu were struck between 27-30 September 27, 2023, to eve of Independence Day, when activities of terrorists in the locations were confirmed to have constituted a threat to military formations and law-abiding Nigerians residing within the locations.
Air Force headquarters disclosed that at Tumbun Fulani, terrorists were observed loading jerricans in two gun trucks concealed under shrubs.
According to the spokesman of NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, “Subsequently, NAF aircraft were scrambled to interdict the location, believed to be a major logistics base. After the strike, Battle Damage Assessment revealed several terrorists were neutralised and the gun trucks destroyed.
“Similar strikes were also undertaken at Tumbun Shitu after structures believed to be terrorists’ hideout were observed tucked under thick foliage. Additionally, 3 gun trucks with terrorists were sighted moving into the location. The need to strike the location thus became imperative. The aftermath of the air strike revealed several terrorists were neutralised and the trucks destroyed.
“The determination of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to significantly limit the activities of terrorists in the Northeast and indeed other parts of Nigeria remains on course. Operational gains by the AFN are indicative of improved synergy and cooperation by all security agencies as well as the unwavering support of all Nigerians.”