Air Bombardments Kill ISWAP Fighters, Destroy Hideouts
The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements in air strikes executed in Borno State, on Thursday.
The terrorists’ hideouts at Tudun Wulgo and Tumbun Gini on the fringes of Lake Chad, according to a statement by the Defence Media Operations (DMO), were also destroyed in the artillery bombardments.
The statement, issued by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator of DMO, said this was achieved through air strikes executed as part of a new subsidiary Operation, tagged “WUTAR TABKI”.
It was gathered that series of aerial surveillance missions had indicated that the two locations, with structures and logistics items camouflaged under the dense vegetation, were being used as staging areas where some ISWAP leaders and their fighters meet to plan and launch attacks.
“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the 2 locations.
“The attack aircraft scored devastating hits in the target areas, destroying some structures and neutralizing several of the terrorists,” the statement added.