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NAF: Terrorist kingpin, 17 insurgents killed in airstrike in Kaduna

NAF: Terrorist kingpin, 17 insurgents killed in airstrike in Kaduna
August 10
20:15 2022

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says an insurgent leader, identified as ‘Alhaji Shanono’, and 17 others have been killed by troops in Kaduna. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Edward Gabkwet, NAF director of public relations and information, said the insurgents were killed in an airstrike on Tuesday, following intelligence reports that Shanono had scheduled a meeting with his foot soldiers at Ukambo, a village about 131 kilometres from Kaduna.

He said over 30 rifles and 20 motorcycles were destroyed during the airstrike, while 26 kidnapped victims were rescued.

Gabkwet said similar strikes were also undertaken in the north-east, adding that the air component of operation Hadin Kai has been fully engaged to conduct air missions on insurgents in Borno state.

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“One of such operations was conducted on 6 August, 2022, at Gazuwa, about 1.2 kilometers to Gargash, after intelligence revealed that infighting for relevance and supremacy was underway between terrorists of the Shekau faction and terrorists aligned to Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP),” the statement reads.

“The state of confusion and disorder among the two terrorists’ factions thus presented an opportunity for a surprise strike by NAF pilots which was carried out using two aircraft types.

“It should be noted that though the map coordinates led the pilots to the exact site of the infighting, the location also had an ISWAP flag hoisted on the structure and three solar panels on the rooftop.

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“Intelligence received and corroborated by local sources revealed the strike was a success as the terrorists did not anticipate it, with several of them eliminated and others injured.”

Gabkwet said Oladayo Amao, the chief of air staff, who was in Kaduna on Wednesday to review the operations, gave further directives to troops and reminded them of the need to remain steadfast and focused on the task ahead.

“We can’t afford to let down our guard,” the CAS was quoted as saying.

“In the north-west specifically, the effect of strikes undertaken by NAF aircraft have revealed that several terrorists have been eliminated and their enclaves destroyed.

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“One of such strikes, which occurred yesterday, 9 August, 2022, resulted in the elimination of a well known terrorist leader operating in Kaduna State.”

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