Airstrikes by the Nigerian military have killed three Islamic State commanders in the West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on the Lake Chad region, said the terror group’s sniper, Amir Bashir, known as Iblis (devil) and one of the commanders were killed in the raid. .
The Air Task Force (ATF) coordinated strikes, Operation Hadin Kai, targeting terrorist hideouts in Rino, Jibularam and Kangarwa in Marte and Kukawa local government areas were launched in the early hours of September 14.
The other two terrorists killed in an airstrike were identified as Muhammed Balge, a chief ISWAP prosecutor, and Mallam Chiroma, its second-in-command.
Sources told Zagazola Makama;
“The first damaging air interdiction targeted a terrorist hideout and training camp in Rinu, killing an unknown number of fighters.
“In another feat, which followed credible and actionable intelligence obtained by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai, troops neutralized numerous terrorists traveling in two vehicles in the axis of Kangarwa at Kukawa LGA.
“On receipt of the distress call, NAF aircraft immediately rushed to the location where they intercepted and neutralized several terrorists.
“The deployment of troops in the area revealed that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties in the airstrikes.”
A military source was quoted as saying that the Air Force, “acting in concert with surface forces, will continue its offensives against terrorists in the northeast.”