The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole in coordination with Air Forces of other members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (JTF), inflicted heavy casualties on Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) elements in devastating air strikes conducted at Tumbun Hamma on the fringes of Lake Chad on Friday.
The attack was conducted following credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists, who had fled the series of air strikes conducted by Nigerian, Nigerien and Chadian Air Forces, around the Malkanori-Tumbun Rego general axis of northern Borno State, had converged in Tumbun Hamma.
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement on Saturday, said the attack was preceded by series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which confirmed heavy presence of terrorists in several structures, along with their logistics items, spread across the small settlement.
To this end, “the ATF scrambled an Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location, recording a successful direct hit in the centre of the target area leading to the neutralization of several terrorists as well as the destruction of their structures and logistics.”
He noted that, “the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its operations to completely degrade the terrorists in the Northeast.”