The Nigerian Air Force has said it neutralised some key leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the Jubillaram and Alinwa areas of the Northern part of Borno State.
The air force disclosed this in a statement issued by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, its Director of Public Relations and Information, on Saturday.
According to the military service, the strikes were conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, under the auspices of Operation Rattle Snake 3 on Thursday.
The force explained that the attack was conducted after credible intelligence reports indicated that some key ISWAP leaders had assembled for simultaneous meetings in the area.
“The latest of these was achieved on 20 February 2020 in attacks conducted at Jubillaram and Alinwa in the Northern part of Borno State, where some key Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leaders were neutralized as they assembled for meetings at the two locations.
“The mission was executed on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that some key ISWAP leaders had assembled for meetings, which were being held simultaneously at 2 separate venues, at Jubillaram and Alinwa in Marte Local Government Area.
“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its attack aircraft to engage the locations, damaging the meeting venues and neutralizing the terrorists,” the statement read.
The air force said that both land and air forces will sustain its campaign against terrorists in the North East.