Two kingpins of the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, Mallam Ali Kwaya and Mallam Bukar Mainoka, have been eliminated, according to PRNigeria reports.
They were killed in a raid by Nigerian military fighter jets at Lake Chad on Saturday.
Kwaya and Mainoka, who were also key members of the ISWAP Shura (Consultation) Council met their end when the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted air interdiction missions at Belowa, one of the very few remaining ISWAP/Boko Haram enclaves in the Tumbuns, Lake Chad Region in Abadam Local Government.
According to a military intelligence operative that their airstrikes at Belowa became necessary after intelligence revealed the convergence of some ISWAP leaders and fighters from surrounding areas for a meeting with the motive of planning attacks on friendly forces.
When contacted, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Spokesperson, confirmed the strikes but refused to be drawn into the names of those killed.
He however, said path to victory in the Northeast and northwest remains on course and we won’t relent until all locations are free of terrorists and insurgents.