At least seven Boko Haram commanders have been killed by the Nigerian Army and troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad region.
NAN reports that the troops on Operation Lafiya Dole also killed an Islamic State trainer and fighter from Mali, a statement issued on Friday, September 20, 2019, by the acting director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa said.
Col Musa said the commanders were killed through “combined efforts of artillery and air bombardments of their suspected hideouts.”
The statement identified the commanders as Abba Mainok, Bukar Dunokaube, Abu kololo, Abor Kime, said to be of Arab origin and ISIS trainer, Mann Chari, Dawoud Abdoulaye from Mali and Abu Hamza.
According to the statement, “The MNJTF and the armed forces, in their combined efforts of artillery and air bombardments of suspected hideouts of Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters at the Tumbus of Lake Chad region, neutralised many including key commanders.
“Reliable information coming out from the inner circles of the criminal group indicates that no fewer than seven key commanders were wasted by the superior forces of the MNJTF.
“The neutralised commanders’ names may likely be nicknames.
“Nonetheless, efforts are ongoing to get more information on their true identities,” the statement added.