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The Nigerian Air Force said on Wednesday that it believed that Mallama Fitdasi, the wife of Boko Haram terrorists’ leader, Abubakar Shekau, had been killed in air strikes on a hideout in Durwawa area in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.
The air force deployed Russian attack helicopters, Mi-17 and Mi-35, to bomb the Boko Haram terrorists, who were said to be in a meeting on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the insurgents, who still had more than 100 Chibok schoolgirls and four University of Maiduguri lecturers as captives, were spotted by the NAF Surveillance platforms in new settlements of Garin Maloma, Arra and Boboshe in Borno.
The locations were subsequently bombed by alpha jets on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who confirmed the strike on Shekau’s wife, said, “Human intelligence indicates that the wife of the Boko Haram terrorists’ organisation, Mallama Fitdasi, appeared to have been killed in a successful air strike on Durwawa settlement on the outskirts of Urga, near Konduga. Mallama Fitdasi was reported to be representing her husband in a coordinating meeting with other terrorists at the location of the air strikes.
“A battle damage assessment revealed that the aerial attack set off a fire, neutralising many of the terrorists.”
It was learnt that the air force had commenced an operation in Borno, codenamed Ruwan Wuta II, which was to start bombing suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ locations.
It was gathered that the operation, which commenced on Monday, would entail a day-and-night aerial bombardment.
The NAF spokesman, Adesanya, said, “The exercise is designed to rain significant fire on freshly discovered hideouts of the terrorists. On the first day, we conducted several air interdiction missions in the North-East, including the Garin Maloma area. Consequently, the location was attacked, in succession, by two Alpha Jets aircraft.
“The first Alpha Jet aircraft attacked the settlement with bombs, which destroyed the terrorists’ buildings, while the second Alpha Jet aircraft, which strafed the area with rockets, subsequently took out some of the fleeing terrorists.”