By Gom Mirian, Abuja
Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Artillery Batteries of Sector 3 of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), is said to have destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) camp at Tumbun Fulani on the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno State, says the military.
Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director Defence Media Operations, who disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja, said the feat was achieved in a combined Air Artillery following a credible intelligence reports indicating the presence of the ISWAP element and structures under the dense vegetation of the said area.
According to Onyeuko, the joint interdiction mission was launched with a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft coordinating the barrage of artillery and air fire towards designated targets in the settlement, destroying ISWAP camp as well as killing some of their fighters in the process.
The Acting Director, said the successfull operation was achieved in combined air and Artillery bombardment conducted on Friday as of the coordinated joint offensive by the multi- national joint task force to dislodge and totally rid the island of Lake chad6of terrorists.
He further stated that the Air Task Force has continued to provide airlift support to troops of participating MNJTF national contingents, along with their logistics.
“In a related development, the Air Task Force has continued to provide airlift support to troops of participating MNJTF national contingents, along with their logistics. NAF ISR platforms and helicopters are also providing aerial command posts for enhanced coordination of close air support missions as well as fire control support for independent ground artillery bombardment of terrorists’ positions”. He said.