Troops neutralise 50 ISWAP commanders in counterattack

No fewer than 50 Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) commanders have been killed by troops of Operation Hadin Kai in a counteroffensive in Askira Uba council of Borno State.

Several ISWAP fighters were also killed, their vehicles destroyed, Army spokesman Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said yesterday in a statement.

Nwachukwu described the operation as “a fierce counteroffensive”.

His statement said, “Troops eliminated top commanders of ISWAP as well as foot soldiers. The gallant troops also unleashed massive destruction on the terrorists’ mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle and several gun trucks.

“It would be recalled, that 115 Task Force Battalion had an encounter with ISWAP terrorists in Askira Uba on 13 November 2021, during which the troops aggressively defended their location and followed up with a ferocious counterattack. Unfortunately, the Commander 28 Task Force Brigade alongside three of his soldiers paid the supreme price, as they reinforced troops to defend the location.

“The troops also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition including five gun trucks, two anti-aircraft guns and five AK47 rifles, among others.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has visited the family of the slain Commander to commiserate with them.