NAF Kills ISWAP Leaders, Destroys Meeting Venue In Borno

 

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leaders and destroyed their meeting venue at Jubillaram in the Northern part of Borno State.

The airforce spokesperson Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a press release said the operation was executed on Tuesday, sequel to intelligence reports indicating that some top ISWAP leaders had assembled for a meeting at a compound within the settlement, which they also used to store some of their logistics supplies.

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He added that the air task force dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform as well as fighter jets to attack the location.

“Several terrorists were observed around some buildings in the middle of the settlement and were neutralized in successive strikes by the attack aircraft as they attempted to flee the location.”

He also said that the airstrikes also led to the destruction of some terrorists’ structures, including one of their logistics stores, which was seen, engulfed in flames.

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Troops of 89 and 97 task force battalions of sector 3, backed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole have reportedly inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Mallam Fatori in the northern part of Borno state.

A statement from the Nigerian Air Force says the terrorists were routed in a joint counteroffensive operation on Wednesday the following intelligence reports on the movement ISWAP fighters in some gun trucks towards the troops’ location.

The ATF immediately scrambled two attack aircraft to provide close air support for the ground troops as they engaged the terrorists.

According to the statement, the combined intensive fire targetting the terrorists from the air and on the ground forced them to retreat.

However, two gun trucks belonging to the insurgents were destroyed in the first wave, while the attack platforms also tracked the fleeing terrorists, immobilizing two more gun trucks and killing some of the escaping fighters.

NAF Kills ISWAP Terrorists, Destroys Hideout In Borno

File Photo: NAF Helicopter

 

 

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) says it has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ hideout at Arrinna Ciki on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole also killed some ISWAP fighters during the bombardment.

“This was accomplished through air strikes conducted on 1 and 2 November 2019, sequel to intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists were using the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks against own forces,” he said.

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Daramola explained that the airstrike on November 1 was initiated when a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, on a confirmatory reconnaissance mission, spotted some ISWAP vehicles under some trees in the area.

Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location, recording successful strikes to immobilise the vehicles.

The NAF spokesman revealed that a follow-up attack was executed the next day after significant activity was observed in another part of the settlement.

This, according to him, occasioned the detailing of attack aircraft to engage the identified areas, resulting in the destruction of some terrorists’ structures and the killing of some of their fighters.

“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-East,” the air commodore stated.

Many Insurgents Killed, 16 Surrender As Army Loses Two Personnel

 

The Nigerian Army says it has killed many insurgents while 16 others have surrendered during various operations by troops in the North-east within the past one week.

The Operations Media Coordinator of the army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, who confirmed this in a statement on Friday regretted that an officer and a soldier paid the supreme price.

He noted that the incremental raids, clearance patrols, sting operations, cordon and search operations, as well as mortar and artillery bombardment of identified insurgents and bandits’ hideouts, yielded tremendous positive outcomes.

The period, according to him, also witnessed the interception and arrest of several Boko Haram logistics suppliers and informants by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, as well as the arrest of some bandits and other criminal elements in other parts of the country.

“On November 1, 2019, for instance, 16 insurgents along with eight of their spouses who could no longer bear the heat from the onslaught against them surrendered to the relentless troops of Sector 1, Multinational Joint Task Force at Fotokol,” he said.

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Colonel Iliyasu explained that the surrendered insurgents were later handed over to troops of 3 Battalion at Gamboru Ngala, a border town in the north-eastern zone of the state.

During preliminary interrogation and profiling, the insurgents were said to have confessed to having actively participated in attacks conducted against both military and civilian targets at various times.

Investigation revealed that 14 of them were members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) led by Al-Barnawi while the remaining two belonged to the Abubakar Shekau led Boko Haram faction.

The army operations media coordinator said the repentant insurgents regretted their participation in the heinous crimes and called on their former colleagues to surrender to troops.

In a related incident, a Boko Haram member was said to have met his waterloo on Monday in an attempt to cross into the Sambisa Forest at Bama-Banki Road Junction, when troops sighted and killed him.

On the same day, troops of 195 Battalion who were on clearance patrol along Gubio Road recovered a kit bag containing 480 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition suspected to have been abandoned by escaping terrorists.

Elsewhere, troops deployed at Gajigana in Magumeri LGA of Borno State intercepted some Boko Haram insurgents in the early hours of Tuesday.

The insurgents were suspected to be on their way to attack the community to source for food items and other logistics for survival.

However, they were intercepted by troops who killed three of them while several others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

“Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme price while two others were wounded in action. The wounded soldiers are currently responding to treatment in a military medical facility,” Iliyasu said.

He added that troops recovered two AK 47 rifles, one Rocket Propelled Gun 7 (RPG 7), five AK 47 magazines, 47 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and some quantities of hard drugs.

The following day, nine Boko Haram insurgents were killed while others escaped with gunshot wounds following an encounter with troops at Muchima in Damboa LGA of Borno.

During the operation, an insurgent gun truck was destroyed while four AK 47 rifles and a cache of ammunition were recovered.

Meanwhile Colonel Iliyasu confirmed the terrorist attack on Damaturu, the Yobe State capital which was reported by Channels Television on Thursday.

He stated that the attack was thwarted by the combined efforts of ground troops, artillery bombardment, and precision air strikes by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole.

“The encounter led to the decimation of a number of the insurgents in addition to the destruction of one Boko Haram gun truck. Unfortunately, one officer paid the supreme price during the encounter,” he said.

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Outside the North East theatre, troops on Operation MESA continued to increase the momentum of their operations across the nation during the period.

For instance, on 4th November 2019, troops of 1 Division Garrison deployed at Damakasuwa in Kauru LGA of Kaduna State arrested one Mustapha Usman Shehu while driving a Honda salon car with Registration number ABUJA BU 70 RBC along Damakasuwa – Kano Road with a Pump Action gun loaded with two cartridges concealed in the vehicle compartment.

Relatedly, on 5th November 2019 troops of 82 Division, while on a random Stop and Search Operation, arrested a notorious gun runner, Leonard Asogwa in a commercial bus travelling from Onitsha to Jos.

A meticulous search of his baggage revealed two neatly concealed Pump Action guns with 25 live cartridges.

Additionally, troops of 1 Division Garrison, while acting on credible information, conducted a successful Cordon and Search operation at the country home of one Alhaji Shehu Abubakar of Yakawada Town in Giwa LGA of Kaduna State on 5th November 2019.

Items recovered during the operation include one AK 47 Rifle with four rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one locally fabricated Revolver with three rounds of 7.62mm NATO and one Pump Action gun with six live cartridges.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is one of the suppliers of arms and ammunition to kidnappers and bandits terrorising the residents of Kaduna and neighbouring states.

Furthermore, troops of Operation MESA in the North Central in conjunction with elements of Special Forces Bikers conducted clearance operation at Dam 1 and Timchan Villages in Kadarko District, Wase LGA of Plateau State as well as Kurmi Village in Ibi LGA of Taraba State.

During the operations, 10 suspected militias were arrested while troops also recovered 101 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 71 Rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one plastic explosive and 36 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) at the residence of one Shehu Jatau, a notorious militia gang leader, who was earlier arrested in a hotel in Central Area, Abuja.

Additionally, one locally fabricated Rifle and a live cartridge were also recovered at Timchan Village.

In the Niger Delta region, troops of 146 Battalion (Main) in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police Finima Division while acting on information, conducted a swift raid operation against some suspected gunmen at Okobi and Conkiri Long John Abalamabie Communities in Bonny LGA of Rivers State.

The raid led to the arrest of one suspect and recovery of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition, a pair of camouflage uniform, one black beret, and wraps of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp).

Soyinka Calls For ‘Holistic Approach’ To Nigeria’s Security Challenges

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, speaks during a visit to the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on November 5, 2019.

 

 

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked the Federal Government to take decisive action against Boko Haram, armed herdsmen, and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

He stated this at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.

Professor Soyinka, who visited some displaced persons at their camp in the Abagana area of the state, noted that the insurgents and others were terrorising Nigerians.

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According to him, the security situation in the country requires the immediate attention of the government, especially at the federal level with an all-inclusive approach.

“It’s a pity that this area of the country is really besieged. First it was Boko Haram, then it is these herdsmen, and then recently there is ISWAP; it strikes me that a holistic approach has to be taken,” said the Nobel laureate.

He added, “It’s not the responsibility of Benue alone, it’s not the responsibility of the affected states alone; it’s a national responsibility.

“And I hope that this government has seen the result of taking things easy when they should be taken by the throat and tackled very decisively; now that they’ve seen how violence calls to violent, how impunity calls to impunity, and arrogance calls to arrogance.”

 

Philosophy Of Disorder

Professor Soyinka also condemned the herdsmen attacks which claimed several lives and left hundreds displaced in Benue.

He decried the situation where a group of persons would threaten the peace of a state in a civilised society when the government takes decisions in the interest of its people.

The Nobel laureate said, “When you have any kind of unit in an overall community which says, ‘either you do this or we’ll show you’, this is the mentality which led to the virtual takeover of an order by a philosophy of disorder.

“The possibility that any section of society can call the shut for the totality, and I’m referring to when Benue State passed the law about open grazing and the criminals, the homicidal maniacs had inhaled to say ‘you take the law out or else’ … that means we don’t live in a civilised society.”

NAF Kills ISWAP Fighters, Destroys Hideout In Borno

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its fighter planes have destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hideout at Arrinna Ciki on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole carried out the airstrikes between Friday and Saturday, leading to the death of some ISWAP fighters.

According to Daramola, these follow intelligence reports that the insurgents were using the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks on security forces.

He noted that the airstrike on Friday was initiated after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, on confirmatory reconnaissance mission spotted some ISWAP vehicles under some trees in the area.

The NAF spokesman said, “Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location, recording successful strikes to immobilise the vehicles.”

“Similarly, a follow-up attack was executed on 2 November after significant activity was observed in another part of the settlement.

“This occasioned the detailing of attack aircraft to engage the identified areas resulting in the destruction of some terrorists’ structures as well as the neutralisation of some of their fighters,” he added.

NAF, according to the air commodore, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-east while operating in concert with surface forces.

NAF Destroys Terrorists’ Base, Training Camp At Kusuma, Borno

Nigerian Air Force planes have destroyed a major Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) logistics base and training camp at Kusuma on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.

The aircraft detailed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole on Wednesday attacked the location following intelligence reports that a section of the settlement was serving as a training camp for the terrorists.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Air Force Spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola who also says some buildings within the camp were being used to store fuel, arms and ammunition as well as other logistics supplies.

“The airstrike was executed after credible intelligence reports had established that a section of the settlement was serving as a training camp for the terrorists, while some buildings within the camp were being used to store their fuel, arms and ammunition as well as other logistics supplies.

“The pre-attack surveillance showed scores of fighters attempting to flee the location upon hearing the sound of the attack aircraft. They were engaged by the attack aircraft in successive passes, neutralising many of them. The terrorists’ logistics supply store, which was also hit, was seen engulfed in flames due to the raid,” the statement read in part.

The terrorists’ logistics supply store was also destroyed during the raid.

The NAF also promised to sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.

NAF Destroys Terrorists’ Training Facility In Borno

 

 

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plane has destroyed a training camp belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa province (ISWAP) terrorists near Mallam Fatori on the fringes of lake chad in northern Borno State.

A statement from Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions had identified a building on one of the lake chad islands being used as a facility to indoctrinate and train new fighters.

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He says the aircraft dispatched by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole to the location, observed significant activity of the terrorists in the target area.

The fighter plane then bombarded the building, completely destroying it and neutralizing the ISWAP occupants.

Other fighters who were seen fleeing the location were later mopped-up in follow-up attacks.

Three Killed As Troops Rid Borno Village Of Terrorists

 

Troops of the Special Response Area Pulka, Operation HALAKA Dodo, Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task Force, have conducted a successful raid operation at Kirawa community in Borno State where crouching terrorists were reportedly hibernating. 

This is according to a statement by Army Spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa.

In his communique on Wednesday, Colonel Musa said the raid was carried in continuation of the clearance operations to get rid of the remnants of terrorists in line with the newly introduced Super Camp Concept of Operation.

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He revealed that the troops came in contact with terrorists which led to a serious engagement forcing the criminals to flee in disarray as a result of superior fire power from the troops.

He also stated that three terrorists lost their lives during the operation and an unconfirmed number of insurgents were wounded.

Colonel Musa said a cordon and search mission was conducted in the area, leading to the recovery of six bicycles and some quantity of food items.

According to the Army spokesman, investigation revealed that the eliminated terrorists are members of the terrorists’ logistic cell.

He also noted that no soldier was killed, wounded or missing in action during the encounter.

“Troops will continue to deny the terrorists freedom of action. Morale and fighting spirit of the soldiers remain high,” Colonel Musa assured.

MNJTF Kills Several ISWAP Terrorists, Destroys Equipment In Borno

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has killed several ISWAP terrorists and destroyed their equipment including weapons, ammunition and logistics in Tumbum Rego, northern Borno.

The incident occurred on Saturday as the terrorists were preparing to launch an offensive on the troops.

In a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, N’Djamena – Chad, Colonel Timothy Antigha, says Battle damage assessment has indicated that the air interdiction had a devastating impact, as pockets of ISWAP build up and logistics hidden under trees in Tumbum Rego have been in ruined.

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In a related development, ISWAP assets in Mallam Zuberu and Alagarno were also targeted and neutralized. Similarly, improvised explosive devices planted by ISWAP operatives in Layi Koura area of Nguigmi in Niger Republic was discovered and defused by troops.

In the past couple of weeks, ISWAP suicide bombers struck in Kaiga – kindjiria; a rural community in the Republic of Chad as well as Gubio in Borno State, in an effort by ISWAP to revamp its dream of establishing a caliphate in parts of Northern Nigeria and other areas of the Lake Chad Basin.

“This blow by the MNJTF will further plunge the leadership and followership of ISWAP into more despair”.

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MNJTF Kill 42 ISWAP Terrorists In Clearance Operation

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has killed 42 Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists during a clearance operation on Friday.

According to a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, activities of the terrorists were disrupted at Doron Naira, an island in Lake Chad.

He added that other terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds and the troops recovered arms and ammunition.

“At about 6 am yesterday, 21 June 2019, troops embarked on clearance operation to Doron Naira (an island in Lake Chad), in a bid to disrupt ISWAP’s activities on the island and adjoining localities. Troops effectively suppressed ISWAP and successfully conducted the clearance operation.

“At the end of the engagement, the following statistics were recorded; 42 terrorists neutralized, several others escaped with gunshot wounds, 2 Gun trucks destroyed, 3 Motorcycles destroyed, 2 Light machine guns recovered, 2 AK 47 Riffles recovered.”

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Antigha revealed that the troops suffered a loss, while 10 other soldiers were wounded in action.

“Unfortunately, the MNJTF lost a soldier while 10 others were wounded in Action. The affected soldiers have been evacuated accordingly.”

The troops had earlier in the week, engage terrorists, killing over five and recovering arms and ammunition.

Similarly, the MNJTF also conducted air raid at the Headquarters and logistics base of a top ISWAP commander, Abu Talib, in Arege and Malkorony, with several terrorists suspected to have been killed.

Army Kills Nine Top Boko Haram Media Personalities

 

The Nigerian Army has said that it decimated nine key media personalities of the Islamic State-backed Boko Haram splinter group (ISWAP).

According to a statement by the army on Monday, those killed, include Abu Hurayra al-Barnawi, Ali al-Ghalam al-Kajiri, Abu Musab Muhammed Mustafa al-Maiduguri, and Abu Abdullah Ali al-Barnawi.

Others are Abu Musa al-Camerooni, Ahmed al-Muhajir, Abu Ali al-Bamawi, Abu Khubayb bin Ahmed al-Barnawi and Abu al-Qaqa al-Maiduguri.

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The army statement also claims that ISWAP has admitted to the neutralization.

The terrorist group is known for its online media propaganda and quest to maintain a virtual caliphate.

It is believed by the army that annihilating some members of ISWAP media team further confirms that the Force has decimated the group and they no longer have freedom of action.