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Counterinsurgency Air Task Force Destroys ISWAP Positions

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Nigerian Air Force combat aircraft conducted airstrikes on Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)  compound in Borno State.

The airstrikes in Kaza along Gulumba Gana – Kumshe axis of the state, were  part of the military response to the decade- long insurgency by ISWAP and its parent group, Boko Haram, against Nigeria and neighbouring Lake Chad countries of Niger,  Chad and Cameroon.

The brutal violence in the region has killed over 30,000 people and forced over three  million to flee their communities.

An estimated 2.7 million people have  been internally displaced in Northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.  Another 300,000 Nigerians have fled to neighbouring countries and are living as refugees.

The Coordinator of Defence Military Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said the airstrikes were in continuation of a sustained offensive against criminal elements in the Northeast.

He added that the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole destroyed compounds housing some ISWAP fighters at Kaza along the Gulumba Gana – Kumshe axis of Borno State.

“The airstrike was executed on 1 September, 2020 following credible Human Intelligence reports as well as confirmatory Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions indicating a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the settlement.

“The identified locations within the settlement were therefore attacked by fighter jets and helicopter gunships dispatched by the Air Task Force, resulting in the destruction of the structures and the neutralisation of some of the ISWAP fighters,” he said.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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