MNJTF eliminates Khalifa Umar, chief judge of ISWAP

MNJTF eliminates Khalifa Umar, chief judge of ISWAP

- Khalifa Umar has been eliminated by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)

- The dead terrorist was also the Chief Judge of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)

- Meanwhile, three other senior commanders of ISWAP were also neutralised by the soldiers

The Air Task Force of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says it has killed the third-ranking commander in the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) leadership echelon Amir Khalifa Umar.

The killing occurred during an air interdiction in Tunbum Sabon on Sunday, January 12, PR Nigeria reports.

According to Colonel Timothy Antigha, chief of military public information MNJTF, Khalifa Umar was a high-value target considering that he was also the chief judge of ISWAP.

Also, in a separate air interdiction conducted in Kwalaram, three other senior commanders of ISWAP were also neutralised.

Going further, Antigha said that more details on the full Battle Damage Assessment will be conveyed in subsequent press releases.

"Additionally, MNJTF Air Task Force interdiction of ISWAP training camp and mustering area in Tumbun Madayi 3 days ago also yielded the expected result. Several terrorists and their commanders who gathered for training or an attack were neutralised or maimed.

"Battle Damage Assessment indicates that a sizeable ISWAP terror infrastructure was destroyed. The MNJTF is firm in its resolve, in partnership with national forces and operations, to intensify pressure on ISWAP until it capitulates," he said.

Recall that that had reported that the Nigerian Air Force destroyed portions of an Islamic State of West Africa Province tactical headquarters at Kollaram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno state.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for NAF, disclosed that the airstrike also neutralised some of the insurgents in the attack.

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Daramola disclosed that the airstrikes were conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole as part of the ongoing Operation Rattlesnake 2.

He said the operation was executed in two waves of attacks carried out on the 4 and 5 of January 2020, following successive days of intelligence gathering that led to the identification of compounds within the settlement where the terrorists’ leaders were housed.

The NAF spokesperson said a fighter aircraft dispatched attacked hideouts in different parts of the settlement, destroying the structures and killing several terrorists, including a few that were spotted near a cluster of buildings at the northern edge of the location. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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