Airstrikes by the Nigerian Air Force has resulted in the killing of the Deputy Leader of the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) and other top commanders.
Naija News understands that about 24 ISWAP fighters including the commanders were killed on Wednesday at Ngamdu axis while attempting to attack a military convoy.
Among those killed in foiled attempts to attack the military convoy and Forward Operating Base (FOB) included Yaya Ebraheem, Baba Chattimari and Abu Adam Oubaida.
Meanwhile, ISWAP Deputy Jaysh in Sambisa, Modou Bacheer Oukocha, is among those fatally wounded.
A top military intelligence officer told PRNigeria that while the convoy of ground troops engaged the ISWAP fighters in a firefight, the air component from the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) arrived at the scene and bombarded the locations of the terrorists.
The source: said: “A military convoy was moving between Damaturu to Maiduguri when it got intelligence of impending attacks on a FOB at Ngamdu axis. The convoy quickly made a U-turn to reinforce the base after sending signals for air cover.
“En route to Ngamdu, the military convoy encountered ISWAP fighters and engaged them. A firefight ensued before the sudden arrival of fighters’ jets that shelled the enemies’ locations. Many of the terrorists were killed.
“The well-coordinated operation of the Nigerian Army and Air Task Force with the support of intelligence components in the swift response is highly commendable.”
Recall that the military had on Tuesday repelled a terrorist attack launched at a military base in Ngamdu by ISWAP insurgents.
However, four soldiers paid the supreme price, while an officer who sustained serious injuries while engaging the terrorists, is fast recuperating from a military health facility.