The Lake Chad basin (LCB) jihadist factions which include the Boko Haram (JAS) and Islamic State of West Africa Province ( ISWAP) have suffered another devastating loss of its foot soldiers following a series of Airstrikes by the Nigerian Military’s Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai.
Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a Security Analyst and A Counter Insuegency Expert in the Lake Chad Region that the intelligence-led aerial mission against identified terrorists hideouts was carried out on July 9 and 10 2023, in Chikun, Gudu and Jibularam, Kwalaram, Arinna Ciki in Marte Local Government Area.
An early damage assessment from the scene confirmed the successful operation led to the elimination of scores of fighters including some Commanders who were yet to be identified. In continuation of intensive air raids,
Similar strikes were also undertaken at Talala in the axis of Sambisa forest, after receiving intelligence of terrorists moving on seven motorcycles. The strikes were successful as at least 6 bodies of the eliminated terrorists were sighted after the clearance operations. The claim was collaborated by troops deployed around the area who revealed that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties from the airstrikes.
Sources also confirmed sighting NAF’s conducting aggressive patrol around fighters jets around Afa, Kafa, Buk, Talala, Galmasaku, Chiralia, Ajigin, Wajiroko, Sabon gari, Gogore, Doksa Buni Yadi and Buni Gari, after Intelligence report revealed the terrorists moving in seven guntrucks and motorcycles.
“But on sighting the terrorists within the Timbuktu Triangle, the terrorists flee from the scene and hide under nearby trees to avoid being spotted, “he said. He added that “The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Hassan Bala Abubakar, has directed all Operational commanders to sustain the tempo of military decisiveness against the terrorists and insurgents wherever they are at this period.” said the top military intelligence source.
Source: Zagazola Makama