ISWAP Senior Commander Mallam Ari Neutrilized by Security Forces
According to PRNigeria, a Super Tucano airstrike has eliminated an ISWAP Senior Commander, Mallam Ari and foot soldiers, including foreign fighters..
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operation under Operation Hadin Kai neutralized the terrorists at Kirta Wulgo in Borno State.
A senior intelligence official disclosed 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.
“Some were also seen with weapons around a nearby makeshift 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.
“Several ISWAP fighters were neutralized in the airstrikes including one Mallam Ari who was identified as the Fiya of Kirta Wulgo,” the official said.
Fiya is a title held by the second in the hierarchy of the terrorists’ military structure.
NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed that they carried out some strikes in areas around Kirta Wulgo but remained silent on the number of casualties.