Military kills scores as Boko Haram attacks Dapchi

Boko Haram fighters have attacked Dapchi town in Yobe State in no fewer than five vehicles , prompting the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole to deploy military jets which killed scores of the terrorists .

The Defence Headquarters , Abuja , made this known on Tuesday , saying that the military scrambled two helicopter gunships to bomb two of the terrorist vehicles .

The DHQ ’ s Defence Media Operations said in a statement that the Boko Haram fighters also went to Gajigana community in the Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State , where they attempted to overrun a military base, but were attacked by jets.

The DMO Coordinator , Maj Gen John Enenche , said, “ The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole , on Monday neutralised an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed two of their gun trucks on the outskirts of Dapchi town .

“ The air operation was conducted following reports that the Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province terrorists , in about five vehicles , had launched an attack on the town .

A helicopter gunship was scrambled to engage the terrorists and scored direct hits on their vehicles , killing the occupants .

“ Meanwhile, troops of 212 Battalion, Sector 1 , repelled another Boko Haram and ISWAP attack on Gajigana in Borno State . The unit earlier received intelligence report on the Boko Haram ’s advancement to attack troops ’ location at Gajigana from Goni Usmanti village .

“ In response to the terrorists ’ attack on ground troops , the ATF scrambled its attack aircraft and helicopter gunships to provide Close Air Support and engaged the terrorists .”

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