By Ademola Adeleye
Top Commanders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) were killed while logistics facilities belonging to the terrorist group were destroyed in an air strike conducted by the Nigerian Air Force ( NAF) during Operation Hail Storm.
The series of air strikes which were carried out at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno state also neutralised several terrorists at Dole, a settlement in the Southern part of Borno, according to Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations.
The Air Interdiction mission according to the military was conducted after credible intelligence reports have indicated a resurgence of terrorists activities in the region. This indicated that the military has gotten back on track its intelligence abilities to track the terrorists activities within and outside Nigeria.
Bukar Meram has been described as a major ISWAP logistics hub linking other Island settlements of Lake Chad, which also houses several of their fighters and some of their key leaders.
Giving details of the operation, Major General Enenche said the location was attacked by an enhanced force package of NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships which hit designated targets in the area leading to the destruction of the logistics facilities and neutralization of several of the terrorists and their leaders.
He said the attack at Dole was carried out after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions showed a build up of activities in the area after the relocation of some terrorists from nearby settlements of Kokiwa and Yale. No fewer than 20 terrorists were taken out in the area, Enenche said.