The Air Task Force of “Operation LAFIYA DOLE” has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) logistics base and neutralized several of their fighters in air strikes conducted at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.
In a statement, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche said the mission was executed on 22 November 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the location, with its makeshift structures, camouflaged under dense vegetation, was being used by the terrorists as a hub for logistics items conveyed via the lake and its tributaries for onward transportation using trucks/ motorcycles.
He said the Air Task Force therefore dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.
Enenche said significant number of ISWAP elements were observed overhead the target area and were engaged in successive passes by the NAF attack aircraft resulting in the destruction of the terrorists’ structures as well as the neutralization of several of their fighters.
He said the Military High Command commended the Air Task Force for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations in order to rid the Country of all terrorists’ elements.