Troops Destroy ISWAP Logistics Facilities, Kill Commanders in Borno
The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized scores of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Commanders, in Borno State.
The troops’ offensive, according to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), is in continuation of the air strikes being conducted under the subsidiary Operation Hail Storm.
It was gathered that the troops, during the operation, equally destroyed some logistics facilities belonging to the insurgents at Bukar Meram, on the fringes of the Lake Chad, in Borno State.
“They also neutralized several terrorists at Dole, a settlement in the Southern part of Borno State,” the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said in a statement, on Wednesday.
According to the Coordinator of the DMO, John Enenche, the air interdiction missions were executed on 17 August 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports, indicating a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the two settlements.
He said Bukar Meram, a major ISWAP logistics hub linking other Island settlements of the Lake Chad, which also houses several of their fighters and some of their key leaders, was attacked by an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships.
According to Enenche, a Major General, the NAF jets and helicopters’ strikes hit designated targets in the area, leading to the destruction of the logistics facilities and neutralization of several of the terrorists and their leaders.
He said: “The attack at Dole was carried out after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions showed a build up of activities in the area after the relocation of some terrorists from nearby settlements of Kokiwa and Yale. Overhead the area the ISR aircraft spotted no fewer than 20 terrorists in the area, which were taken out by the NAF attack aircraft.”