Nigeria’s Air Task Force (ATF) of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE has successfully neutralized some Islamic State of west Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders and knocked out logistics facilities at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State.
The development was made known on Wednesday by Coordinator of Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, in a statement sighted by Echotitbits.
Enenche stated that the air strike which is part of continued efforts conducted under subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM also neutralized several terrorists at Dole, a settlement in the Southern part of Borno State.
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“The air interdiction missions were executed on 17 August 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the 2 settlements.
“Bukar Meram, a major ISWAP logistics hub linking other Island settlements of the Lake Chad, which also houses several of their fighters and some of their key leaders, was attacked by an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships which hit designated targets in the area leading to the destruction of the logistics facilities and neutralization of several of the terrorists and their leaders” Major General Enenche stated.
He added that prior to carrying out the attack at Dole, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions were conducted, which showed a buildup of activities in the area.
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The DHq media coordinator said the buildup was discovered to be a result of the relocation of some terrorists from nearby settlements of Kokiwa and Yale.
“Overhead the area the ISR aircraft spotted no fewer than 20 terrorists in the area, which were taken out by the NAF attack aircraft, Enenche added.
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