Two Nigerian military Super Tucano fighter jets have killed scores of Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, terrorists in Somalia, near Sambisa Forest, which is thought to be where the terrorists treat wounded fighters.
According to PRNigeria, in addition to killing many ISWAP fighters at the site, the airstrikes also raided Abdallari, a terrorist enclave located northeast of Maiduguri.
A defence intelligence source told PRNigeria that the bombardments also neutralised several terrorists and destroyed structures.
According to the source, the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch carried out onslaughts on the terrorists’ hideouts in Niger and Kaduna State.
He said: “For instance, strikes were undertaken in Kaduna on 7 September 2022 following series of intelligence from various sources on terrorists’ hideouts at Gidan Waya, in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA).
“There, the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch discovered terrorists’ structures hidden under clusters of trees at the location with terrorists’ activities noticed within the vicinity.
“Subsequently, the targets were acquired and attacked with bombs. Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) footage and feedback from locals, as well as Nigerian Army troops deployment within the location, revealed that the terrorists’ hideouts were destroyed, while several terrorists were neutralized or suffered varying degrees of injuries.”
When contacted, NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the strikes in all the operating theatres.
Mr Gabwet said: “For the NAF, its ability to continually dominate troubled parts of the country in collaboration with the surface forces in order to eliminate terrorist elements and restore normalcy should never be in doubt.
“Nigerians are enjoined to continue to provide security agencies with credible intelligence that will enable the agencies track and neutralize the terrorists and all criminal elements especially as schools across the nation prepare to resume.”