The Nigerian Air Force announced on Tuesday that its Air Task Force, ATF of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed many Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP fighters.
The ISWAP fighters were said to have been killed at Bukar Meram on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State.
The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the operation that led to the killing of the terrorists was executed on Monday, 21 October 2019.
According to the statement, the operation was” based on credible intelligence reports that indicated a resumption of the use of the location to provide logistics support to the terrorists, using fishing activities as a cover. Accordingly, the ATF dispatched its attack aircraft to engage designated areas within the settlement.”
The statement reads: “In continuation of the sustained onslaught against terrorist elements in the Northeast of the Country, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralized several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters at Bukar Meram on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State.
“The operation was executed yesterday, 21 October 2019, based on credible intelligence reports that indicated a resumption of the use of the location to provide logistics support to the terrorists, using fishing activities as a cover. Accordingly, the ATF dispatched its attack aircraft to engage designated areas within the settlement.
“Before the strikes, over 35 terrorists were observed within the area of interest. The attack aircraft subsequently engaged the location in successive passes recording accurate hits on the target area, leading to the neutralization of several ISWAP fighters as well as the destruction of some of the structures.
“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.”
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