Nigeria’s Defense Headquarters on Friday said several Boko Haram leaders and fighters have been killed in a successful air interdiction mission by Nigerian forces at Alinwa in the restive northeast state of Borno.

In a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos, Bernard Onyeuko, the defense spokesperson, said the airstrike also destroyed the dwellings of the terrorists as they gathered for meetings in a cluster of settlements West of Alinwa on the Lake Chad green fringes in northern Borno on Wednesday.

He disclosed that the feat was achieved during the ongoing subsidiary Operation Decisive Edge.

The airstrike was executed on the heels of intelligence reports, indicating that some top Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Commanders with their fighters and designated suicide bombers had assembled at the location for meetings.

The meeting was aimed at orchestrating coordinated attacks against a number of targets in Borno and environs, the defense spokesperson added.

According to him, Operation Lafiya Dole dispatched its fighter jets to the location, recording devastating hits on many of the structures housing the ISWAP leaders and fighters, destroying them and neutralizing their occupants.

He added that the Nigerian military will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of the nation. Enditem



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