Air force ‘kills’ ISWAP leaders in Borno

The Nigerian air force (NAF) says it neutralised some key leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Jubillaram and Alinwa in Borno state. 

Ibikunke Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, in a statement on Saturday, said the ISWAP leaders were killed as they assembled for meetings.

Daramola added that they were neutralised in operations conducted on Thursday.

He said the air strikes were carried out by the air task force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, under the auspices of Operation Rattle Snake III.


Operation Rattle Snake III, which commenced on February 4, is aimed at targeting selected locations within the north-east in order to shape the battle-space for more effective onslaught against the insurgents.

“The mission was executed on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that some key ISWAP leaders had assembled for meetings, which were being held simultaneously at two separate venues, at Jubillaram and Alinwa in Marte Local Government Area,” he said.

“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its attack aircraft to engage both locations, damaging the meeting venues and neutralising the terrorists.’’


He said NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its air campaign to shape the battle-space in the north-east for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.

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