The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), in collaboration with the national Air Task Force, has destroyed equipment of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), and also neutralized their equipment in parts of Borno State and Chad Republic.
Colonel Timothy Antigha, the Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, disclosed this in a statement from its Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on Monday.
Antigha said that the terrorists’ weapons, ammunition and logistics were destroyed in Tumbum Rego over the weekend.
He explained that air interdictions conducted by MNJTF and national Air Task Force successfully attacked and killed several fighters and destroyed their equipment on Saturday.
According to him, the attack was launched as the terrorists prepared to launch an offensive on troops’ location.
Antigha said the interdiction had a devastating impact, as pockets of ISWAP were building up, adding that logistics hidden under trees in Tumbum Rego were destroyed.
He added that ISWAP’s assets in Mallam Zuberu and Alagarno were also targeted and neutralised.
He noted that improvised explosive devices planted by ISWAP operatives in Layi Koura area of Nguigmi in Niger Republic were also discovered and defused by troops.
“It would be recalled that in the past couple of weeks, ISWAP suicide bombers struck in Kaiga – kindjiria; a rural community in the Republic of Chad as well as Gubio in Borno,” Antigha said.
“This was in an effort by ISWAP to revamp its dream of establishing a caliphate in parts of Northern Nigeria and other areas of the Lake Chad Basin.
“This blow by the MNJTF will further plunge the leadership and followership of ISWAP into more despair.”