Operation Hail Storm 2: Air Task Force hits terrorist hideouts in Arina Woje, Warshale, Valangide


…sustains onslaught against terrorists in Borno State

In continuation of the sustained offensive against terrorist elements in the North East zone of the Country under subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM 2, the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has eliminated several terrorists and destroyed their structures, including logistics facilities, at Arina Woje, Warshale and Valangide in Borno State.

Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enemies confirmed in a statement that the air strikes were executed on 26 September 2020 following credible Human Intelligence reports as well as confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions indicating a resurgence of terrorists’ activities at the 3 locations.

According to him, at Arina Woje in Marte Local Government Area (LGA), where Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements were confirmed to be hibernating, the identified targets were attacked by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships, resulting in the destruction of some structures and the neutralization of several terrorists.

In the same vein, Enenche noted that terrorist elements responsible for recent attacks in the Dikwa general area were tracked to Warshale and taken out as the NAF attack aircraft took turns in engaging the settlement.He added that the air strike on Valangide in the Sambisa Forest area on the other hand was undertaken at night by helicopter gunships, which mopped-up the terrorists as they strafed the location.