Dozen of ISWAP Militants killed by NAF airstrike in Marte
A dozen Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been killed following a deadly airstrike launched by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) near Marte Local Government Area of Borno State on Wednesday.
This was disclosed on Thursday by a counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama via his Twitter handle.
“The insurgents were neutralized in a precise, intelligence-led air strike carried out by the Air Component command, Operation Hadin Kai in Tumbum SHITTU,” he twitted.
The military airstrikes were conducted after surveillance detected a large gathering of terrorists in the region, according to him.
Makama quoted an anonymous intelligence source as saying, “This air operation was aimed to neutralize the strongholds of ISWAP.”
[06/07, 18:33] Imole-Ayo: Troops kill two Boko Haram/ISWAP commanders in Borno, Katsina
No fewer than 49 Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters, including two commanders have been reportedly killed by the Nigerian military.
According to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), the troops killed the terrorists during several ground and air attacks in the North East, North West and North Central zones, in the past three weeks.
The military high command also said troops captured 11 terrorists, arrested 39 collaborators/suppliers, and 82 other criminals, while 967 terrorists, comprising 82 males, 354 adult females and 531 children surrendered to troops at different locations in the frontlines.
Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Abdullahi Haruna Ibrahim, said these in Abuja on Thursday during a briefing at the Defence Headquarters.
He said: “On 4 July 2023, troops in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force conducted an ambush operation at Mandara Mountain, in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
Following the operation, troops ambushed and neutralized a notorious Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists commander identified as NAOIB Gambo Jundullah, and recovered 1 AK47 rifle loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo.
“Also, between 22 and 26 June 2023, the air component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted an air interdiction operation at terrorists’ hideout at Tumbun Shitu, Arina Chiki a known terrorist hideout in Southern Tumbuns of Borno State.
It was further revealed that the location serves as the ammunition dump, training ground and logistics hub for the Boko Haram/ISWAP.
Consequently, the locations were bombarded with bombs, neutralized several terrorists and destroyed their structures in the air strike.
“Likewise at Sulele enclave, INTEL revealed that the terrorists’ leader and his foot soldiers were hibernating at the location to attack the general area in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State; while terrorists activities were observed at Takatsaba and Dusen Duya enclaves. Consequently, these locations were attacked with rockets and cannons. Feedback revealed that terrorists suffered massive casualties with their structures destroyed in the air strike.”
The Defence spokesperson said that troops on operations in the South East zone killed four Outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN) fighters during gun battles, and rescued 15 kidnapped victims, while 37 criminals were apprehended.
“On 17 June 2023, Troops on routine patrol within Nwobi village in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State made contact with IPOB/ESN criminals who opened fire on troops. Following a fire fight, troops neutralized 2 IPOB/ESN criminals while others fled with gunshot wounds and recovered 3 AK47 rifles with 1 extra magazine,” Ibrahim said
“On 23 June 2023, troops in conjunction with Nigerian Police personnel responded to INTEL on IPOB/ESN criminals hibernating in a hotel at Mbosi in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State and conducted cordon and search operation within the general area and arrested 15 suspected criminals.
“Equally, on 24 June 2023, following a tip off, troops in conjunction with Nigerian Police personnel raided suspected kidnappers hideouts at the fringes and border towns in Umunneochi, Ishiagu as well as Enugu South Local Government Areas of Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu States respectively and arrested 7 suspected kidnappers.”
On troops of Operation Delta Safe in the South South zone, the Defence spokesperson said they destroyed 30 illegal refining sites and arrested 42 economic saboteurs.