Military kills ISWAP commander, others in Borno
Destroys bandits’ camps, rescues three victims, recovers two bodies in KadunaStrikes by the Air Task Force (ATF), Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), have neutralised the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Commander, Mohammed Malik, in the Sabon Tumbun axis of Borno State.
Malik and other terrorists were reportedly killed on November 24, 2022 in an intelligence-led aerial and ground joint operation of the Nigerian Army and two Air Force Super Tucano fighter jets.
A counter-insurgency expert, in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, stated, yesterday, in Maiduguri that fighter jets targeted the terror group’s strategic human and material capacity at the Sabon Tumbun hideout.
According to him, this led to the killing of an unspecified number of terrorists in the Lake Chad region.
Besides, he disclosed that Malik died on November 29, 2022 from the fatal injuries he sustained in the joint coordinated military airstrikes.
On the roles of the commander, Makama said: “Malik was among the top leaders of ISWAP and a member of the Shura Council in Marte before he went for a course on Computer Engineering and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making on the sponsorship of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Somalia.
“He explained that on his return, Malik established IEDs training units where fighters are nurtured in deploying explosives in the various attacks in the region.”
Makama described Malik’s death as another painful blow to ISWAP, as it continues to suffer a devastating loss of its top leadership.
Meanwhile, troops of Operation Forest Sanity (OPFS) have rescued three kidnap victims and destroyed several bandits’ camps in Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru local councils of Kaduna State.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, made this known in a statement, adding that the troops also recovered the remains of two victims killed by the terrorists during their patrol.
According to the commissioner, the feedback to the Kaduna State Government revealed that the troops engaged bandits around Kwanti in Chikun.
“As the bandits fled into the forest, they left behind four motorcycles recovered by the troops. The troops burned down the dozens of camps in sight.
“Upon combing the area, the troops found two male kidnap victims, identified as Muntaka Abubakar and Nwabueze John. They also discovered the bodies of two unidentified female victims killed by the bandits. The corpses were evacuated while the rescued victims were reunited with their families after first aid was administered on one of them who was carrying an injury,” he said.
The state government appealed to citizens to volunteer information on suspicious individuals seeking medical assistance or refuge in the areas, by reaching out to the Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999.
“The offensive operations to the bandits’ enclaves will continue,” Aruwan said.