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Air force allegedly kill ISWAP leader, Sani Shuwaram, others

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
20 March 2022   |   8:46 pm
The notorious terrorist ring leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), Sani Shuwaram, and other members of the sect may have been killed after a sustained military airstrike in the Marte axis. PRNigeria reported that super Tucano jets and other aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) executed multiple bombardments in the…

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The notorious terrorist ring leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), Sani Shuwaram, and other members of the sect may have been killed after a sustained military airstrike in the Marte axis.

PRNigeria reported that super Tucano jets and other aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) executed multiple bombardments in the axis where Shuwaram’s camps were located.

Shuwaram, in particular, was said to have died from gunshot wounds he had sustained when military fighter jets raided ISWAP camp at the Sabon Tumbuns general area of Lake Chad.

The news of the killing of Shuwaram was also corroborated by a highly placed intelligence source involved in the counter-insurgency operation, in the Northeast.

“Shuwaram was among terrorists injured by NAF air interdiction missions conducted at Sabon Tumbuns near Kirta Wulgo in February 2022. Subsequent airstrikes in the following days might have led to his death alongside other ISWAP fighters where they were receiving treatment including Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi,” the source added.

One Mallam Bako Gorgore has been nominated as the new Wali of ISWAP to replace Shuwaram.

When contacted, NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet who declined to confirm the death of Shuwaram said that NAF aircraft with the support of ground troops have sustained military offensives at Tumbuns, close to Kirta Wulgo in Marte LGA within the Lake Chad Region

Gabkwet said: “I cannot confirm the death of any leaders of terrorists. We don’t want to be dragged into making any statement or confirmation based on rumours or hearsay. Nevertheless, our troops at the frontline alongside other agencies have sustained massive strike at the hearts of terrorist leaders and their enclaves until we get this job done”.

Recall that members of the ISWAP Shura (Judicial) Council, in November 2021, appointed Shuwaram, 45, as a new Leader (Wali) in Lake Chad.

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