Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
Several terrorists have been reportedly neutralised and their hideouts and logistics structures destroyed by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Tumbuma Baba, one of the Island settlements on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State, which serves as a logistics hub for the Islamic State of West Africa Province elements.
This was achieved in airstrikes executed on Tuesday, under the ongoing subsidiary Operation Hail Storm 2 after human intelligence reports indicated that several ISWAP fighters and some of their leaders had converged in some structures concealed under the thick vegetation of the area, preparing to launch an attack.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday, said the ATF dispatched fighter jets and gunships which eliminated several insurgents.
The statement titled, ‘Operation Hail Storm 2: Scores of terrorists killed by air task force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Lake Chad,’ read in part, “The ATF dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the location. The attack aircraft scored devastating hits on the settlement, killing several terrorists and destroying their structures.”
The Coordinator said the armed forces operating in concert with other security agencies and stakeholders, would sustain its efforts to rid the North-East zone of all terrorists and other criminal elements.
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In another development, the troops of Operation Accord in conjunction with local vigilantes supported by close air support, have killed two bandits while an unconfirmed number of suspects escaped with gunshot wounds.
The operation which took place at Dajin Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State on September 27, led to the recovery of two magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and two motorcycles.
In the same vein, following credible intelligence on the criminal elements who escaped from the onslaught earlier, troops have apprehended three criminal elements in Kujeni village.
A statement said the troops have dominated the area with “aggressive patrols to deny the criminal elements freedom of action.”