The Nigerian Armed Forces on Friday said that the Air Task Force wing of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ camp at Tongule in the Lake Chad area of Borno State, destroying the cmap and killing “scores” of the terrorists’ fighters.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Major General John Enenche, said in a statement that the air raid, conducted in continuation of the air offensive against terrorist elements in the Northeast, was carried out on Wednesday following credible intelligence reports indicating terrorists’ activities in the village.
General Enenche said that the Air Task Force dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location after confirmatory intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
The mission showed the presence of a sizable number of the ISWAP elements at designated locations.
According to him, the NAF jets took turns in engaging the location, scoring devastating hits on the designated targets and leading to the destruction of the structures as well as the neutralisation of several ISWAP fighters.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Task Force for their dedication and professionalism.
“He urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country,’’ he said.