NAF kills 20 ISWAP Commanders in Borno

Scores of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been killed by military airstrikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Tumbun Rego, on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.

A statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, on Tuesday said the terrorists logistics base was also destroyed in the attack which took place on Sunday.

He said the air interdiction followed intelligence reports that the location was being used by the terrorists as a hub for conveying  logistics items.

The statement read in  part: “The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has knocked out an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) logistics base and neutralized several of their fighters in air strikes conducted at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.

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“The mission was executed on 22 November 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the location, with its makeshift structures camouflaged under dense vegetation, was being used by the terrorists as a hub for logistics items conveyed via the lake and its tributaries for onward transportation using trucks/ motorcycles.

“The Air Task Force therefore dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location. Overhead the target area, significant number ISWAP elements were observed.

“These were engaged in successive passes by the NAF attack aircraft resulting in the destruction of the terrorists’ structures as well as the neutralization of several of their fighters.

“The Military High Command commends the Air Task Force for their professionalism and urges them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations in order to rid the Country of all terrorists elements.”