Scores of Boko Haram terrorists have been killed by Air Force fighter jet when the were intercepted on their way to attack some villages in Askira/ Uba Local Government Area of Borno state, Maiduguri.
It was reported that the Boko Haram gunmen had already sent threat letters to some villages in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of the state
A resident of the area, Mr. John Amos, said yesterday that the fleeing residents notified security operatives about the impending threat , before a fighter jet promptly responded and threw bombs on the Boko Haram insurgents, killing scores of them.
The villages attacked, according to Amos, include Lassa, Rimingo, File, Murtavu and four other smaller villages and communities in the local government area.
A security source yesterday confirmed the incident to journalists in Maiduguri.
However, the military suffered a setback yesterday in the anti-terror war as a Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter, on a training mission, crashed due to a technical fault near Bama.
The Defence Headquarters in a statement by Defence Director of Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, confirmed the death of the co-pilot and the technician
onboard. Olukolade said the rescue operation for the Mi-35 helicopter was ongoing.
According to him, investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident.
The statement added that it had been established that the crash was not due to any enemy action.
He said details on the crash would be made known after investigation.