Seven key commanders of the Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been killed by troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Operation Lafiya Dole.
The acting director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa made this known in a statement he released on Friday.
He said that the ISWAP commanders were killed following an aerial bombardment of suspected terrorists’ hideouts at the Tumbus area of Lake Chad region.
“Reliable information coming out from the inner circles of the demented and criminal group’s enclave escaping to Sudan and the Central African Republic indicates that at least no fewer than seven of their key commanders have been killed by the superior forces of the MNJTF.
“The neutralised commanders are said to be Abba Mainok, Bukar Dunokaube, Abu Kololo, Abor Kime (said to be of Arab origin – likely their ISIS trainer), Mann Chari, Dawoud Abdoulaye (from Mali) and Abu Hamza.
“All these were said to be commanders of various Tumbes controlling fighters before they were decisively dealt with in the military bombardment.
“Although these names may not be real and may likely be nicknames. Nonetheless, it is an unprecedented feat to our quest of clearing the remnants of these criminals in the area.
“Consequently, efforts are ongoing to get more information on their true identities.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai had through the Theatre Commander of Multinational Joint Task Force and the Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE commended the troops for these great efforts and enjoined them to do more,” the statement read.
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