More than 100 jihadists were killed in airstrikes by the Nigerian military last week, security sources and local residents told news agencies. AFP, on Tuesday (21/12).
Fighter jets bombed three ISIS West Africa Province (ISWAP) camps in northeastern Nigeria on Monday last week, killing more than 100 militants including several senior commanders, the sources said.
ISWAP has been consolidating its power in the Lake Chad region since the death of the leader of rival Islamist group Boko Haram in May during infighting between the two groups earlier this year.
ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become the dominant jihadist force in the Nigerian conflict. The group frequently attacks military forces in an insurgency that has killed more than 40,000 people since it began in 2009.
A military officer in the region said “100 terrorists were killed” during an “air strike” in Marte, a district in the far northeast of the country.
“The air strike carried out careful planning after intelligence reports indicated the presence of a large number of terrorists at three locations,” the officer added.
A Nigerian intelligence source in the region said it was difficult to ascertain the exact number of dead but confirmed around “more than 100” jihadists were confirmed dead in the attack. [my/jm]