The Nigerian Air Force said on Saturday that it had deployed “thermal imaging cameras” to detect Boko Haram suicide bombers, ravaging Borno State and the North-East region.
The NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, confirmed the deployment, following the spate of suicide bombings that had recently been recorded in Maiduguri.
He said, “The thermal imaging camera uses infrared and reads temperature differences up to an appreciable distance away; it can also identify a person at an acceptable distance. The cameras, which are mounted on NAF aircraft, can also penetrate obscurants such as smoke, fog and haze.
“The NAF, in recent times, has stepped up its counter-insurgency operations to further decimate the ability of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East. The focus has largely been on the conduct of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, as well as interdiction missions on identified terrorist targets.”
Meanwhile, the military’s attack helicopter and Special Forces from the Nigerian Air Force are now combing the Kafanchan Local Government Area of Kaduna State, following recent fatal clashes between residents and Fulani herdsmen.
Our correspondent learnt that at least 15 armed airmen were aboard the Mi-17 attack helicopter deployed.
It will be recalled that 37 persons were killed in the latest clashes in the Kajuru Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna last Tuesday, July 18.
Adesanya said the deployment was to support the ground forces.
He said, “The NAF deployed the armed helicopter with force protection elements and other logistics support to Kafanchan. The deployment, ordered by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is to complement the efforts of the ground forces.