Massive Air Strikes by Troops Eliminate Key ISWAP Leaders, Fighters

Massive air strikes, which were simultaneously executed under the subsidiary Operation Hail Storm, at Kirta Wulgo and Sabon Tumbun, in Borno State, have killed several key Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leaders and scores of their fighters.

A statement by the Defence Media Operations (DMO), on Tuesday, said that, “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has taken another major scalp off the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements operating in the Island settlements of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.”

The statement issued by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator of DMO, added that: “This occurred yesterday, 24 August 2020, in massive simultaneous air strikes executed under the subsidiary Operation Hail Storm at Kirta Wulgo and Sabon Tumbun, 2 settlements on the fringes of the Lake, where several key ISWAP leaders and scores of their fighters were killed.

It added that, “The missions were conducted on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that some ISWAP leaders and fighters had relocated to Sabon Tumbun due to the impact of the recent air strikes at the nearby Island settlement of Tumbuma Baba.

“Similarly, up to 15 high ranking ISWAP Commanders along with scores of their fighters were harboured at Kirta Wulgo, which serves as Administrative Headquarters and training camp for ISWAP.”

According to Gen. Enenche, the Air Task Force, accordingly, dispatched an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the 2 locations, scoring devastating hits leading to the elimination of several of the terrorists.

“Prominent terrorists’ leaders, including Abu Imraana, ISWAP Naval Commander, as well as Mallam Ibrahim and Mallam Abba, are believed to be among the many ISWAP casualties,” he said.

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