By James Ezema
The Air Task Force of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has eliminated the third-ranking commander Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leadership echelon, Amir Khalifa Umar in an air interdiction conducted yesterday in Tunbum Sabon.
He was neutralised during the course of the ongoing offensive operations against the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and other purveyors of violence and instability in the Lake Chad Basin.
The Chief of Military Public Information of MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha in a statement confirmed that Khalifa Umar was a High-Value Target considering that he was also the Chief Judge of ISWAP.
In a separate air interdiction conducted in Kwalaram, three other senior commanders of ISWAP were also neutralised.
According to the MNJTF spokesman, more details on the full Battle Damage Assessment will be made available later.
“Additionally, MNJTF Air Task Force interdiction of ISWAP training camp and mustering area in Tumbun Madayi 3 days ago also yielded expected result.
“Several terrorists and their commanders who gathered for training or an attack were neutralised or maimed.
“Battle Damage Assessment indicates that a sizable ISWAP terror infrastructure were destroyed.
“The MNJTF is firm in its resolve, in partnership with national forces and operations, to intensify pressure on ISWAP until it capitulates”, the statement read.