A “naval commander”of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), one Abu Imraana, has reportedly been killed alongside other suspected terrorist leaders in airstrikes conducted within the Lake Chad general area in Borno State.
The bombardment, which was undertaken by the Air Task Force (ATF) component of Operation Lafiya Dole, followed credible human intelligence of the gathering of terrorists commanders at at Kirta Wulgo and Sabon Tumbun settlements.
According to a statement by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, fighter jets and helicopter gunships were subsequently “dispatched” to deliver targeted strikes on the locations.
Enenche said it was suspected that at least 15 ISWAP commanders were hibernating at the targeted location.
“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, 24 August 2020, in massive simultaneous air strikes executed under the subsidiary Operation HAIL STORM at Kirta Wulgo and Sabon Tumbun, 2 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 air strikes at the nearby Island settlement of Tumbuma Baba,” Enenche said.