- NAF has killed some leaders of ISWAP in its war against insurgents in Nigeria
- The insurgents were killed when they assembled to have meetings at Jubillaram and Alinwa in Borno state
- Ibikunke Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, made this known on Saturday, February 22
The Nigerian air force (NAF) declared that it neutralised some key leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Jubillaram and Alinwa in Borno state.
TheCable reports that the NAF director of public relations and information, Ibikunke Daramola, in a statement on Saturday, February 22, said the ISWAP leaders were killed as they assembled for meetings.
Legit.ng gathered that Daramola added that they were neutralised in operations conducted on Thursday, February 20.
He said the airstrikes were carried out by the air task force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, under the auspices of Operation Rattle Snake III.
Daramola noted that Operation Rattle Snake III, which commenced on February 4, is aimed at targeting selected locations within the northeast in order to shape the battle-space for more effective onslaught against the insurgents.
“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its attack aircraft to engage both locations, damaging the meeting venues and neutralising the terrorists," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that amid calls for the removal of the service chiefs by prominent Nigerians over the level of insecurity in Nigeria, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), Olusegun Adeniyi, said that the Boko Haram insurgents would never get hold of any part of Nigeria again.
He said the military had succeeded in reducing the sect from the terrorist army a used to be, to mere criminals because of the defeat they suffered since 2015.
In another report, it was learnt that Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, optimistically declared that the military has won the war against insurgency as the Boko Haram militants do not control any territory in Nigeria again.
Also, in the wake of members of the insurgent groups laying down their arms and renouncing violence, Major General Bamide Shafa, the coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, revealed the government's reasons behind the adoption of a safe platform for repentant fighters.
Shafa spoke at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, Maiduguri, Borno state, told reformed and repentant insurgents numbering about 86 that war could not be won alone with force.
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