The Nigerian Air Force claims the Boko Haram fighters who attacked Garkida in Adamawa State on Friday came from camps in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said in a statement on Tuesday their attack planes were therefore deployed to bomb Boko Haram facilities in Maloma and Parisu areas of the forest on Sunday and Monday and killed scores of the insurgents.
Boko Haram attacked Garkida in the Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State for about six hours, razing police barracks, churches and other buildings in an attack also claimed by the Islamic State West African Province fighters.
ISWAP had claimed they killed three soldiers and took some worshippers hostage.
Daramola said, “The NAF through the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed some Boko Haram terrorists’ structures and logistics facilities at Garin Maloma and Parisu in the Sambisa Forest general area of Borno State.
“The airstrikes were executed on Sunday and Monday as part of the ongoing Operation Rattle Snake 3 based on credible intelligence reports indicating that the Boko Haram elements that carried out the attack on Garkida originated from camps within Sambisa Forest.”