The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) — a regional coalition made up of Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger to combat Boko Haram — killed Ammar bin Umarone of the main commanders of the Islamist organization.
According to military sources consulted by the Nigerian daily Vanguard, Bin Umar died as a result of an aerial operation in the Lake Chad area carried out last Friday. and led by Super Tucano aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force.
The anti-jihadist military mission has killed more than a hundred terrorists from the Boko Haram group and its faction, the Islamic State in the West African Province (ISWAP), reported military sources.
In a statement broadcast late this Sunday in Nigeria, Colonel Muhammad Dole, spokesman for this operation, explained that the joint military force carried out air raids on the jihadists’ hideouts in the area and that the casualties include commanders of these groups. terrorists.
“In the period of this operation, more than a hundred terrorists have been neutralized, including more than 10 senior commandersafter lethal air strikes on the islands of Lake Chad led by intelligence (operations) by the coordinated Air Forces”, specified this spokesman.
Dole did not specify when the operations took place, but did indicate that Among the dead commanders are the terrorists Dan Buduma, Abubakar Shuwa and Abu Ali.
In addition, he confirmed that 3 soldiers and a civilian volunteer died during the operation and 18 were injured due to explosive devices planted by the terrorists in their flight.
The military spokesman also specified that, in the course of these operations, “a significant number of innocent citizens, most of them women and children captured by criminals, were rescued”.
The joint military force also seized or destroyed numerous “sophisticated weapons,” such as large-caliber weapons, and vehicles that were in the hands of the terrorists.
Since 2009, northeast Nigeria is the battlefield of the jihadist group Boko Haram and its faction since 2015the Islamic State in West Africa Province.
Both groups have killed more than 35,000 people and caused some 2.7 million internal displacements, mostly in Nigeria, but also in neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger, according to government and UN data.
(With information from EFE)
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