Top leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP and some of their followers have been killed by the Nigerian Army in Borno.
Two commanders of the terrorist group identified as Amir Abu-Rabi and Mohamed Likita and their bodyguards and fighters, were killed during the attack.
It was gathered that Abu-Rabi coordinated tax collection on behalf of ISWAP in the Lake Chad axis, while Likita was among controllers coordinating attacks on military formations.
The airstrikes were coordinated by the Air Task Force of the counter-terrorism operation, Operation Lafiya Dole.
The raids, in conjunction with the Artillery Fire Units of Sector 3, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), was conducted one week after the Nigerian Air Force Alpha jet went missing.
“The attacked locations, especially Kusuma and Sigir were notorious havens used by ISWAP for coordination and training of fighters on preemptive attacks on military positions and civilian areas.
“Recent attacks at Damasak, Malam Fatori, Monguno, Dikwa and Marte axis were coordinated from the locations. The bombardments have pushed the surviving and wounded terrorists to Jibularam and Sabon Tumbu riverbank areas.”
In another operation, troops and Civilian JTF operatives ambushed terrorists at the Gubio-Magumeri axis.
They set a trap at Kareram village after intelligence of insurgents advancing from Malam Yaumari Village for an attack.
Some of the terrorists were killed, others escaped with injuries. Items recovered included sophisticated weapons and motorcycles.