According to reports by the Nigerian Air Force yesterday, Mallama Fitdasi, wife of shadowy Boko Haram leader, Shekau, was killed in a air strikes while in their hideout in Durwawa, Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.
Deploying Russian attack helicopter, Mi-17 and Mi-35, the Nigerian Air Force bombed the terrorists while holding their meeting on Tuesday.
The Boko Haram insurgents were sighted by the airforce surveillance in settlement of Boboshe, Arra and Garin Maloma in Borno.
Recall that the terrorists are still holding captive more than 100 Chibok secondary school girls and 4 lecturers of the University of Maiduguri.
According to Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, the locations were therefore bombed by the alpha jets.
Adesanya 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.
“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.”