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Nigerian Airforce Destroys ISWAP Fuel facility, Kills Fighters In Lake Chad

On Sunday, combat aircraft attached to the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE destroyed Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) fuel storage facility and killed multiple fighters at Tumbum Allura in Lake Chad, Northern Borno, the military has confirmed.

In a video released by the Defence Headquarters on Monday, a combat aircraft conducted a bombing run on the fuel storage hidden in a makeshift structure in the midst of vegetation cover and subsequently targeted fighters attempting to flee with cannon strikes.

John Enenche, the Defence Spokesperson and a Major-General in a statement said the airstrikes were executed on the heels of credible human intelligence reports and aerial surveillance missions which led to the identification of a command post as well as a suspected fuel dump.

“The Nigerian Air Force attack aircraft, dispatched by the Air Task Force to engage the location scored accurate hits in the target area resulting in the destruction of the terrorists’ fuel dump, which was seen engulfed in flames. Several ISWAP elements were also neutralised as a result of the airstrike,” Enenche said.

Airstrikes by fixed and rotary-wing aircraft play a vital role in Nigeria’s counterinsurgency operation. With the airforce dispatching aircraft for combat and non-combat sorties.

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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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