The Defence Headquarters(DHQ), said the
Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has recorded another feat with the killing of top commanders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), in an air bombardment of their major administrative headquarters in Borno state.
Defence Media Operations,Major General John enenche, said prominent terrorists leaders including Abu Imraana, ISWAP Naval Commander, Mallam Ibrahim, and Mallam Abba, are believed to be among those killed during the air raid conducted after Intelligence reports revealed their presence in the area.
Enenche in the statement said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has taken another major scalp off the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements operating in the Island settlements of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State. This occurred yesterday, August 24, in massive simultaneous air strikes executed under the subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM at Kirta Wulgo and Sabon Tumbun, two settlements on the fringes of the Lake, where several key ISWAP leaders and scores of their fighters were killed.
“The missions were conducted on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating that some ISWAP leaders and fighters had relocated to Sabon Tumbun due to the impact of the recent airstrikes at the nearby Island settlement of Tumbuma Baba. Similarly, up to 15 high ranking ISWAP Commanders along with scores of their fighters were harbored at Kirta Wulgo, which serves as Administrative Headquarters and training camp for ISWAP.
“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched an enhanced force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the 2 locations scoring devastating hits leading to the elimination of several of the terrorists. Prominent terrorists’ leaders, including Abu Imraana, ISWAP Naval Commander, as well as Mallam Ibrahim and Mallam Abba, are believed to be among the many ISWAP casualties”.