- Nigerian security agents have continued the bombardment of identified strongholds of the Boko Haram sect
- The latest destruction of the terrorists' camp took place Tumbun Fulani on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno state
- It was learnt that the insurgents concealed their presence under the dense vegetation of the area
The Air Task Force of the Operation Lafiya Dole and the Artillery Batteries of Sector 3 of the Multi National Joint Task Force have bombarded Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) camp in Tumbun Fulani on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno state.
This was disclosed in a statement by the acting director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko.
According to him, it was part of coordinated joint operations to flush out the terrorists from their stronghold in the Tumbuns Island.
The statement read: “The Armed Forces of Nigeria, through the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Artillery Batteries of Sector 3 of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) camp at Tumbun Fulani on the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno state.
“This was achieved in combined air and artillery bombardments conducted on 3 April 2020 as part of the coordinated joint offensive by the MNJTF to dislodge and completely rid the Islands (Tumbuns) of Lake Chad of terrorists’ presence and activities.”
Onyeuko stated that the bombardment was carried out following intelligence reports which indicated that ISWAP elements, with their structures concealed under the dense vegetation of the area, were using the settlement as a base from where they plan and launch attacks.
“Accordingly, the joint interdiction mission was launched with a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft coordinating the barrage of artillery and air fire towards designated targets in the settlement, destroying them and neutralizing some of the ISWAP fighters in the process," the statement added.
The update given by Onyeuko added that the Air Task Force has continued to provide airlift support to troops of participating MNJTF national contingents, along with their logistics.
According to him, security agents will sustain the offensive against the enemies of the nation.
This is coming a few days after the MNJTF launched a coordinated joint offensive to dislodge and completely rid the Islands of Lake Chad of any Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province presence and activities.
The troops involved in the operation are the Sector 2 MNJTF (Chad Republic), Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) and Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic). The terrorists had retreated into the islands following the sustained onslaught by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.