Fighting officers of the Nigerian armed forces have confirmed the killing of two leaders of the Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) named Ali Kwaya and Bukar Mainoka.
Information reaching us said that they were killed in an operation by Nigerian military fighter jets at Lake Chad on Saturday.
Kwaya and Mainoka were influential members of the ISWAP Shura (Consultation) Council. They died after the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted air interdiction missions at Belowa.
Belowa, one of the ISWAP/Boko Haram enclaves in the Tumbuns, is located in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State, on the western coast of Lake Chad
The military said that the strikes at Belowa became necessary after intelligence revealed the convergence of some ISWAP leaders and fighters. The terrorists were suspected to be gathering for a meeting ahead of an attack on friendly forces.
It was gathered that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter aircraft was subsequently dispatched to the location to hit the ISWAP elements with rockets and bombs.
An intelligence operative confirmed that the airstrikes were successful.
“Two vehicles conveying about 13 injured surviving terrorists to another hideout were struck through precision strikes.
“Feedbak revealed that ISWAP kingpin, Ali Kwaya, a key member of the ISWAP Shura Council, and Mallam Bukar Mainoka were among those neutralized.”