In a bid to deny insurgents from regrouping, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has intensified aerial patrol over the Sambisa Forest.
In a statement, NAF said it is carrying out surveillance aimed at tracking terrorists that may be fleeing the forest.
“The over 60,000km forest is being painstakingly patrolled day and night by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to deny the fleeing insurgents the opportunity to regroup.
“It is also to stop them from launching any attack against host communities and own surface troops on clearance operation,” he said.
In a similar operation, NAF had deployed ISR platforms for surveillance activities over Samaru, Katab, Zonkwa, Kafanchan and other troubled areas in Southern part of Kaduna State, including the Kaduna metropolis.
He said further that the aerial patrol was also aimed at soughting out the hideouts used by criminal elements and armed bandits within the troubled areas.
Famuyiwa added that aside employing air power to flush out the bandits, NAF also relayed on the intelligence gathered from its ISR operations to land forces to aid the conduct of the entire operations.