Reliable sources knowledgeable about the military operations to weed out terrorists in the North East and Lake Chad region on Wednesday disclosed that a successfully coordinated ground and aerial strike by the Nigerian military on Boko Haram terrorists and ISIS affiliated Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) has killed more than 150 terrorists..
The source said the precision intelligence led airstrike resulted in the killing of ISWAP Unit Specialist fighters along the fringes of the Lake Chad and Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.
“The successful offensive was involved Nigerian Air Force aerial strikes in coordination with the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which was launched on Sunday and Monday, the 1st and 2nd of August 2020 at ISWAP hideouts at Kusuma, Yarwa Kura and Abbaganaram”, the source said.
He said, “These locations have been revealed as the terrorists’ most active camps and hideouts in Marte Local Government Area (LGA) Borno State”.
Furthermore, he said that the Nigerian military air strikes “hit a major hideout of ISWAP jihadists at a location given as “Abbaganaram” where more than 150 jihadists were positioned to receive specialist training”.
“These fighters were stationed to train and act as standby forces in preparation for ambush attacks on nearby troops positions”.
During the coordinated offensives, the source said a number of ISWAP Unit Commanders and high value fighters were eliminated, while many more were seriously injured.
Disclosing that it is the third major successful offensive against ISWAP positions this week, the source said, “These military airstrikes and previous offensives have forced ISWAP leadership to advise unit commanders to adopt new tactics of spreading their men in very small units and spatial locations to avoid heavy casualties when targeted by the Nigerian and regional airstrikes and artillery shelling.
“The military-styled rotation tactics has also been introduced amongst other Boko Haram/ISWAP jihadists bigger units due to recent suspicion of collusion and frequent desertion amongst their foot soldiers occasioned by fear, hunger and frustration” he added.
While noting that the number of jihadists killed during these coordinated aerial strikes may likely double, as the terrorists may desperately hide the true casualties figures, the source said, “Moreover, the damage assessment is still ongoing in certain hard to reach locations, where high casualties rates may have been recorded – particularly at such camps located in Kusuma and Yarwa Kura..
“A similar coordinated successful airstrike was carried out by the Nigerian Air Task Force (Nigeria), Nigerienne Air Force, as well as Artillery Fire Units of Sectors 3 (Nigeria) and Sector 4 (Niger) in Chukun Ngudu, Tumbumma, Kwatan Bachama, resulting in high casualties from ISWAP units.
“The damaging airstrike and artillery bombardment on Boko Haram terrorists/ISWAP camps have pushed the surviving and wounded out of these locations. Although jihadists are known to return to places that have been the subject of military clearance.
“The remaining insurgents have been spotted escaping towards the Southern flanks of the Lake Chad around Bakkassi, Tudun Woulgo, Kirta and Sabon Tombo – all known locations with jihadist presence.
“These areas will be used to treat wounded jihadist and to re-strategies. Attacks in search for medical supply items will likely increase along these locations and beyond. Therefore, severe vigilance is required by all stakeholders, including local and international humanitarian organizations distributing lives saving medical and food items.
He recalled that Sabon Tombo and Tudun Woulgo are the same locations where Boko Haram/ISWAP jihadists recently executed about 20 people including powerful commanders from the Amir Baba Kaka’s faction and other captives plus 2 Nigerian soldiers on Eid day.
Continuing he said, “The ISWAP jihadists leadership chaos continues to destabilise the terrorists’ structure in the Lake Chad region. It is forcing them to re-organise towards survival style attacks. This has been made worse by a jihadists shift from ideological goals to criminal and power struggles.
“The fate and leadership structure of Boko Haram terrorists groups of Abubakar Shekau’s faction and ISWAP have been made worse by recent sustained land and aerial coordinated offensives by the Nigerian Army; the Nigerian Air-Force; the Chadian Army, the Nigerienne forces and the regional Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) troops.
“These offensives have impacted on jihadists operational command and control in the challenging terrain of the Mandara mountains, the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin and the Sambisa forest.
“The recent summary executions of some of top jihadist leaders and other captives is part of an ongoing cleansing among the terrorists but also a last-ditch survival tactics. It is also aimed at consolidation exercise by the most recent ISWAP leadership of Ba Abubakar Lawan and the return of Abu Musab Albarnawi to ISWAP high command”, he added.
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