Borno: Newly acquired Super Tucano aircraft eliminates ISWAP commander, Malam Ari, foreign fighters

Air interdiction strikes undertaken by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Tucano aircraft under ‘Operation Hadin-Kai’ have reportedly eliminated several ISWAP Commanders and terrorists at Kirta Wulgo.

According to the report, ISWAP Senior Commander in charge of Kirta Wulgo, Mallam Ari, who held the local title of ‘Fiya of Kirta Wulgo‘, including some foreign mercenaries fabricating Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) for the terrorists were killed during the airstrikes by the aircraft.

The ‘Fiya’ title is held by the second in the hierarchy of the terrorists’ military structure.

NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who confirmed that the bombardment was successful, said that the airstrikes were authorised after intelligence revealed over 40 terrorists converging at the fringes of North-East Kirta Wulgo, close to a point where a suspected ISWAP flag was hoisted.

According to him, “Some were also seen with weapons around a nearby make-shift structure, which was a likely indication that the structure might have had a high calibre terrorist target.

“After the airstrikes, some of the surviving terrorists were observed making frantic efforts to put out the fire that ensued while others took to their heels”.

“Indeed, the make-shift structures were significantly burnt and destroyed at the fringes”, he stated.

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