Troops of the Multinational Joint task Force have eliminated no fewer than 100 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists, including 10 key commanders, in the Lake Chad region.
The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Colonel Muhammad Dole, in a statement on Sunday, confirmed this.
He said the forces successfully hit the enclaves in well coordinated land and air offensives.
Dole said the offensives were conducted under “Operation Lake Sanity” joint operations involving the MNJTF troops from Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon and troops from Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK-Nigeria).
He said the operation also included the combined Air Task Forces of MNJTF and OPHK other security agencies and the Civilian Joint Taskforce.
Dole said the troops raided the insurgents’ dens in Zanari, Arina Woje, which served as major fabrication workshops and several other locations around the Islands from different corridors in the last one week.
According to him, the terrorists were neutralised following intelligence-driven lethal air strikes in the Lake Chad islands by the combined air task forces.
The MNJTF spokesman said that logistics and foodstuffs, including several bags of maize and beans, motorcycles, some immobilised military and civil vehicles, were discovered at Fedondiya settlement in a clearance operation.
Ibrahim urged the troops to be resolute and bold to finally eradicate the criminals from the Lake Chad areas and promised continuous logistics support to the troops.
The force commander advised the terrorists to lay down their arms like thousands of their colleagues who had done so instead of pursuing a futile and failed cause.
He also appealed to communities in the areas of operation and beyond to always support security forces by passing credible information on the terrorists quickly to bring an end to the scourge of terrorism in the area.