Operation Rattle Snake 3: NAF destroys ISWAP training camp

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has another success in the ongoing Operation Rattle Snake 3, as the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) training camp at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno state.

This was achieved in air strikes conducted on 16 February, 2020, on the heels of credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, according to NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement.

He said the ISR established that some structures within the settlement were being used by the terrorists to house and train their fighters.

“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched an enhanced force package of attack aircraft to engage the identified locations within the settlement,” he said.

“The fighter jets took turns attacking the target area in successive passes taking out the training facilities.”

In another statement, the NAF spokesperson said the Task Force has continued to intensify its operation against terrorists in North-east, inflicting  “another devastating blow on elements of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) with the destruction of a training camp at Tumbun Zarami on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno state.”

He said the mission was also conducted on 16 February 2020 after successive days of ISR missions as well as intelligence reports from multiple sources, “including the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) headquarters, which revealed that training activities were being carried out in and around some makeshift structures hidden under the shrubbery within the settlement.”

Ibikunle said as result of this, the ATF detailed its attack aircraft that engaged the “Training Camp 4”, scoring accurate hits which led to the destruction of the suspected camp commander’s house as well as some other structures within the camp.

He said the NAF is operating in concert with surface forces, and would sustain its air campaign to shape the battle-space in the North-east for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.

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