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MNJTF sustains offensive against ISWAP, recovers large caches of arms

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 •Captures bombs, anti-aircraft guns, AK 47s 


Senator Iroegbu 


The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has sustained its renewed offensive against Boko Haram terrorists splinter group, Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and on Saturday recovered  large cache of equipment, arms and ammunition.


This is coming against the backdrop of the of the weekend onslaught where the troops of the MNJTF in the ongoing Operation Yancin Tafki, inflicted the heaviest loss on ISWAP in six months with more than  47 of their fighters killed, many wounded and weapons captured in the Lake Chad area.


The Chief Information Officer, MNJTF, Col. Timothy  Antigha, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, while giving update on the MNJTF’s clearance operation in Dogon Naira”.

Antigha listed the arms and ammunition recovered to include: Anti-Aircraft Guns, General Purpose Machine Guns, Rapid Propelled Grenades, 7.40 millimetre bombs, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) making equipment and several AK 47 rifles.


He said that the statement was on the outcome of the clearance operation conducted in Doron Naira, being a subsidiary operation in the larger Operation Yancin Tafki, the MNJTF wishes to provide the following update.


He said: “Details of equipment casualty inflicted on ISWAP are as stated below: 17 AK 47 Riffles, 2 GPMG, 1 LMG, 3 AA Guns, 2 81MM Mortar, 1 RPG Tubes, 2 RPG, 7 40MM bombs with Chargers, 2 Boxes of 12.7MM ammunition, 323 rounds of 7.62MM, 3 Hand Grenades, a Gas Cylinders and IED making material.


“ISWAP ammunition dump in Doron Naira was also destroyed.”


“It is imperative to also mention that the MNJTF is aware of the pressure on ISWAP by its foreign collaborators to deliver on the Caliphate, hence the flurry of ISWAP inspired attacks of the last couple of weeks on both military and soft targets.


“However, the MNJTF working with national forces is determined to thwart the effort to make the Lake Chad Area a sanctuary for terrorists.”


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