Troops’ Artillery Bombardments Kill ISWAP Terrorists, Destroy Camp
A combined air and artillery bombardments conducted by the Nigerian military have destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) camp at Tumbun Fulani, on the fringes of Lake Chad, in Northern Borno State.
The coordinated joint offensive launched to dislodge and completely rid the Tumbuns Islands of terrorists’ presence and activities, was carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Artillery Batteries of Sector 3 of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
The operation, according to a statement issued by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), was executed on the heels of credible intelligence reports which indicated that the ISWAP elements, with their structures concealed under the dense vegetation of the area, used the settlement as a base from where they plan and launch attacks.
He also explained that the Air Task Force has continued to provide airlift support to troops of participating MNJTF national contingents, along with their logistics.
Onyeuko, further said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) ISR platforms and helicopters are also providing aerial command posts for enhanced coordination of close air support missions, as well as fire control support for independent ground artillery bombardment of terrorists’ positions.