Over the weekend, air interdictions conducted by the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and national Air Task Forces successfully destroyed several ISWAP terrorists, their equipment including weapons, ammunition and logistics in Tumbum Rego as they prepared to launch an offensive on troops location on Saturday.
However, the Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad, Colonel Timothy Antigha confirmed that the Battle damage assessment indicated that the air interdiction had a devastating impact, as pockets of ISWAP build up and logistics hidden under trees in Tumbum Rego have been in ruined. In a related development, ISWAP assets in Mallam Zuberu and Alagarno were also targeted and neutralized.
Similarly, improvised explosive devices planted by ISWAP operatives in Layi Koura area of Nguigmi in Niger Republic was discovered and defused by troops. It would be recalled that in the past couple of weeks, ISWAP suicide bombers struck in Kaiga – kindjiria; a rural community in the Republic of Chad as well as Gubio in Borno State, in an effort by ISWAP to revamp its dream of establishing a caliphate in parts of Northern Nigeria and other areas of the Lake Chad Basin. This blow by the MNJTF will further plunge the leadership and followership of ISWAP into more despair.