The Nigerian military says Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has eliminated top leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and scores of their fighters in Borno State.
Military authorities say the airstrikes were targeted at three major ISWAP hideouts at Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala and Arijallamari in Abadam Local Government Areas, and two terrorist leaders Amir Abu-Rabi and Mohamer Likita as well as dozens of their bodyguards and fighters were killed.
The air raids were coordinated
in conjunction with the Artillery Fire Units of Sectors 3, Multi-National Joint Task Force(MNJTF).
A military intelligence officer told journalists that Kusuma is a coordinating base of the ISWAP leaders while Sigir and Arijallamari were training camps for terrorists.
The source said: “The attacked locations, especially Kusuma and Sigir were notorious havens used by ISWAP for coordinating and training fighters on preemptive attacks on military positions and civilian areas.
“Some of the recent attacks at Damasak, Malam Fatori, Munguno, Dikwa and Marte axis were coordinated from the areas.
“The airstrikes and artillery bombardments on the ISWAP camps have pushed the surviving and wounded terrorists to Jibularam and Sabon Tumbu riverbank areas.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian Troops with the support of Civilian JTF have ambushed terrorists at the Gubio-Magumeri axis.
The troops set a trap at Kareram Village when they got intelligence of motorcycle-riding terrorists advancing from Malam Yaumari Village for an attack.
While some of the terrorists were killed others escaped with serious injuries.
Items recovered from the terrorists included sophisticated weapons and motorcycles among others