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Lake Chad: Nigerian Airforce Destroys ISWAP, Boko Haram Positions

On Monday, August 16, 2020, combat aircraft attached to the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE destroyed hideouts and logistics structures of insurgent groups at Tumbuma Baba and Boboshe in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

The air strikes were executed on the first day of a new subsidiary operation, codenamed “HAIL STORM” aimed at taking out identified Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram positions in the Lake Chad and Sambisa Forest areas.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said the attack on Tumbuma Baba, one of the islands on the fringes of Lake Chad, was carried out after human intelligence indicated that several ISWAP fighters and some of their leaders were harboured in some structures concealed under thick vegetation.

Enenche added that Nigerian Air Force(NAF) fighter jets dispatched to attack the location scored devastating hits on the settlement, killing several terrorists and destroying their structures.

” Several terrorists were similarly neutralised and some of their dwellings destroyed at Boboshe, a village along the riverline on the eastern part of Sambisa Forest, as the NAF jets took turns in engaging the location,” he said.

The decades-long Boko Haram insurgency has left 30,000 people dead and displaced more than three million people.


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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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