Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko on Thursday said that key leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terror group and some of their fighters have been killed in an airstrike.
He said the Nigeria Airforce targeted at their settlements by the West of Alinwa along the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno.
In his statement, Onyeuko: “leaders of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) and fighters were neutralised and their dwellings destroyed as they gathered for meetings in a cluster of settlements West of Alinwa on the Lake Chad green fringes in the Northern part of Borno State.
“This was achieved during the ongoing subsidiary Operation DECISIVE EDGE, Wednesday 18 March 2020, in another successful air interdiction mission.
“The airstrike was executed on the heels of impeccable intelligence reports, indicating that some top ISWAP Commanders, as well as some of their fighters and designated suicide bombers.
They had assembled at the location for meetings, aimed at orchestrating coordinated attacks against a number of targets in Borno State and environs.
Operation LAFIYA DOLE, therefore, dispatched its fighter jets to the location, recording devastating hits on many of the structures housing the ISWAP leaders and fighters, destroying them and neutralizing their occupants.
“The Nigerian military will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation, as the Chief of Defence Staff, General AG Olonisakin, enjoins the Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to maintain the momentum”.