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Nigeria Air Force neutralises ISWAP logistics base, training camp in Borno

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The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Thursday says it has destroyed a major Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, logistics base and training camp at Kusuma settlement in Borno State.

Following intelligence reports that a section of the settlement served as a training camp for the terrorists’, an aircraft detailed by the Air Task Force, ATF, of Operation Lafiya Dole bombed the location putting their activity to a halt.

Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, revealed this in a statement stating that some buildings within the camp were being used to store fuel, arms and ammunition as well as other logistics supplies.

“The airstrike was executed after credible intelligence reports had established that a section of the settlement was serving as a training camp for the terrorists, while some buildings within the camp were being used to store their fuel, arms and ammunition as well as other logistics supplies.

“The pre-attack surveillance showed scores of fighters attempting to flee the location upon hearing the sound of the attack aircraft. They were engaged by the attack aircraft in successive passes, neutralising many of them. The terrorists’ logistics supply store, which was also hit, was seen engulfed in flames due to the raid,” the statement reads.

ISWAP has carried out a string of attacks in Nigeria in recent months, the northeast is home to two Islamist insurgent groups namely Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, ISWAP, which broke away as a faction in 2016 but conflict is now in its 10th year.

In July, President Buhari had directed the country’s air force and army to begin air patrols and ground operations to hunt down terrorist groups as part of the government’s agenda to provide security in the country according to a report.

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Daramola in his statement said NAF would be operating in harmony with ground troops, to sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the insurgents in the north-east.

Amos Abba is a journalist with the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in the society.

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