Nigerian military kill ISWAP commander, Oumar Tela, 50 fighters in Borno
NEWSMAN, Maiduguri – Nigerian military on Wednesday, eliminated several Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) members, thwarting their attempt to attack security forces brigade.
The terrorists invaded Damboa town in Borno with gun trucks, an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and motorcycles.
The superior firepower of the Nigerian Army troops of Operation Hadin Kai and the Air Component inflicted heavy casualty on the sect.
It was gathered that an ISWAP top commander, Oumar Tela was killed by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) airstrikes.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, in a statement said the terrorists were in possession of explosives. The locally fabricated armoured-plated vehicle, gun trucks, among others were destroyed.
”The troops neutralised over 50 ISWAP terrorists forcing the survivors to run in disarray under heavy gun fire from the resilient troops and Nigerian Air Force attack platforms”, he said.
Yerima said ISWAP fighters, including suicide bombers, abandoned their mission at the heat of the battle. Several weapons and ammunition, including a 14.5mm HMG, several 12.7mm HMG, AK-46 rifles, a RPG launcher, were recovered, Daily Post reported.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya has hailed his men and NAF counterparts for the operation.