The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has killed many fleeing insurgents in its ongoing “Operation Thunder Strike’’ in the North East.

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NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information AVM. Olatokunbo Adesanya, revealed this on Wednesday in Abuja.

“On the first day of the operation, air strikes from NAF aircraft resulted in the destruction of terrorists’ structures and the death of all the insurgents at a settlement in Gargash and at another one, East of Gargash, both in Borno,” Adesanya added.

“Earlier, a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had observed Boko Haram terrorists presence over a settlement in Gargash, following which the Air Task Force deployed NAF fighter aircraft to attack the location.

“After the successful attacks, some of the fighter platforms proceeded to an adjoining target, East of Gargash, where terrorists’ activities were also observed.

“As a result of the attacks, the Boko Haram terrorists’ structures within the settlements were destroyed and set on fire, killing some insurgents, while some fled to hide under trees at a nearby bush.

“Consequently, another wave of air strikes was launched to strafe the hideouts, killing many of the fleeing insurgents.”