At least 48 ISWAP fighters have been killed and their Camps destroyed in a joint air and artillery bombardments executed by the Artillery Regiment of Sector 3 of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) with the air support from the Nigerian Aur Force (NAF) at Dumba and Location Charlie on the fringes of the Lake Chad.
The operation was executed in conjunction with the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Nigerien Air Force. Col. Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the joint interdiction missions, which have set the ISWAP elements in disarray, were conducted in the early hours of yesterday, 5 May 2020 on the heels of impeccable intelligence reports from multiple sources, including Allied partners.
The reports confirmed that large numbers of terrorists had assembled in the vicinity of Dumba and had commenced an advance in their vehicles to attack nearby troops’ locations.
“Consequently, the Air Task Force attack aircraft supported by Nigerien Surveillance platform were scrambled to take out the mobile ISWAP elements at their harbour location, in 2 waves of bomb and rocket strikes leading to the neutralization of several of the terrorists.
“Similarly, some ISWAP elements that had attacked a Nigerien Army Base near Diffa in Niger Republic were tracked by Nigerien and then NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft as well as night capable Allied surveillance assets, as they crossed the border in 8 gun trucks to their harbour position at a location code named; Location Charlie within the Islands of the Lake Chad.
“This location was subsequently interdicted through a joint fire by the artillery of MNJTF Sector 3 (Nigeria) and NAF attack aircraft which resulted in the killing of several terrorists as well as the destruction of their vehicles and equipment as depicted in Battle Damage Assessment clip,” the statement read.
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