By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), on Friday, said that Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has eliminated scores of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters and destroyed compounds housing them at Tongule in the Lake Chad area of Northern Borno.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General John Eneche.
Gen Eneche disclosed that air strikes were conducted on 12 August 2020 following credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports indicating terrorists’ activities in the village.
According to him, “confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which showed presence of a sizable number of the ISWAP elements at designated locations in the settlement, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location”.
He further explained that “accordingly, the Air Task Force Jets took turns in engaging the location scoring devastating hits on the designated targets leading to the destruction of the structures as well as the neutralization of several ISWAP fighters.