By Ngozi Ekhator
In continuation of the on-going Operation YANCIN TAFKI to rout Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) from the Lake Chad Area, the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in conjunction with national forces June 21 inflicted the heaviest loss in six months on ISWAP.
Chief of Military Public Information
MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, who made the disclosure in a statement Saturday morning, said the demolishing of the ISWAP fighters took place Friday morning.
According to him: “At about 6am yesterday, 21 June 2019, troops embarked on clearance operation to Doron Naira (an island in Lake Chad), in a bid to disrupt ISWAP’s activities on the island and adjoining localities. “Troops effectively suppressed ISWAP and successfully conducted the clearance operation. At the end of the engagement, the following statistics were recorded;
– 42 terrorists neutralized, several others escaped with gunshot wounds.
– 2 Gun trucks destroyed .
– 3 Motor cycles destroyed.
– 2 Light machine guns recovered
– 2 AK 47 Riffles recovered.
“Unfortunately, the MNJTF lost a soldier while 10 others were Wounded in Action. The affected soldiers have been evacuated accordingly.
“Earlier in the week, ISWAP also met a similar fate when they attempted to attack MNJTF troops in Sector 1 Foward Operation Base (FOB) in Ngouma in Cameroon.
“In that engagement, ISWAP lost 5 terrorists, while 1 was captured. They also lost 13 AK-47 Riffles and 2 Hand Grenades.
“Similarly, the MNJTF also conducted air interdictions in Arege and Malkorony.
“Several terrorists are suspected to have been killed as the Headquarters and logistics base of a top ISWAP commander, Abu Talib was targeted in that operation.”