Nigerian soldiers participate in an operation in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, March 16, 2016. Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday participated in an operation of destroying Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulasari area of Borno State. Nigerian troops recovered armored carrier from the terrorists. (Xinhua/Wale Salau)
LAGOS, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced an intensive bombardment of logistics bases used by Boko Haram militants in their Sambisa forest hideouts in northeast part of the country.
NAF Spokesperson Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos on Saturday that the targeted insurgents' structures were destroyed and engulfed in fire, killing the terrorists hiding in them.
According to him, four NAF fighter aircraft took turns to attack structures occupied by insurgents' elements in the settlement.
Meanwhile, army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said government forces have captured 220 Boko Haram fighters in recent clearance operations on the terror group's enclaves.
The troops captured 167 terrorists after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin, while 53 others were captured in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.
Nwachukwu said the troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents.
Nigeria has made considerable gains against the terror group, dislodging its fighters from the Sambisa Forest, the group's largest training camp in the country, early this year.
Boko Haram has been blamed for the death of more than 20,000 people and displacing of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009.