The Lake Chad region bordering Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad is battling attacks from ISIS affiliate, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and its rival group, Boko Haram.
More than 20 insurgents were reported to have been killed in a week-long joint air and ground military operation by Nigerian and Nigerien forces in Lake Chad.
According to a statement on Friday, Dec. 24 by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) sector 4 based in Niger’s southeastern Diffa region, six soldiers from Nigeria and Niger were killed during the operation that was backed by combat aircraft and American partners.
The three-week MNJTF operation code-named Sharan Fague was conducted in two phases in Nigeria’s section of Lake Chad between Dec. 1 and 21.
On Dec. 14, ISWAP claimed a suicide car bomb attack targeting Nigerian and Nigerien troops a few days earlier. The picture of the attack showed a destroyed Osprea Mamba MRAP belonging to Niger and a Nigerian gun truck.
The first phase of the operations was carried out in Malam Fatori near the shores of Lake Chad. It included fortification of the town to support resettlement efforts. The second phase involved operations in Arege, Gashigar, Asaga, and Kamagunma.
The operation also resulted in the recovery and destruction of vehicles, motorcycles, as well as artillery emplacements pointing towards the city of Diffa.