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ISWAP lost over 47 fighters in heaviest defeat in six months–MNJTF

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•A soldier killed, 10 others injured 

•Terrorists’ logistics destroyed, arms and ammunition captured

Senator Iroegbu 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in conjunction with national forces on Friday,  June 21, 2019, inflicted the heaviest loss in six months on Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), killing over 47 of their fighters with many others injured.

This, according to the statement on Saturday by Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, is in continuation of the on going Operation Yancin Tafki to rout the ISWAP terrorists from the Lake Chad Area.

Antigha stated that at about 6am on Friday, the troops embarked on clearance operation to Doron Naira (an island in Lake Chad), in a bid to disrupt ISWAP’s activities on the island and adjoining localities. 
He said troops effectively suppressed ISWAP and successfully conducted the clearance operation. 

“At the end of the engagement, the following statistics were recorded;  42 terrorists neutralized, several others escaped with gunshot wounds, two Gun trucks destroyed, three Motor cycles destroyed, two Light machine guns recovered, and two AK 47 Riffles recovered,” he said.

Unfortunately, he said, the MNJTF lost a soldier while 10 others were Wounded in Action, adding that the affected soldiers have been evacuated accordingly. 

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Antigha also stated that earlier in the week, ISWAP also met a similar fate when they attempted to attack MNJTF troops in Sector 1 Foward Operation Base (FOB) in Ngouma in Cameroon. 

“In that engagement, ISWAP lost five terrorists, while one was captured. They also lost 13 AK 47 Riffles and two Hand Grenades,” he added.

“Similarly, the MNJTF also conducted air interdictions in Arege and Malkorony. Several terrorists are suspected to have been killed as the Headquarters and logistics base of a top ISWAP commander, Abu Talib was targeted in that operation.”

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