The Nigerian Air Force, NAF has bombarded the enclave of the leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), Fiya Ba Yuram, in Sambisa forest with its fighter jets.
Air Commodre Edward Gabkwet, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed the airstrikes in a statement made available to the newsmen.
According to him, the Air Commodre stated that they were carried out on some particular targets in the Tunbuns and Sambisa area with varying degrees of success. He added that “the NAF won’t however be drawn into giving the details of those neutralised”.
“On August 20, NAF aircraft under the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI carried out some strikes on terrorists enclave in Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns in Borno State with varying degrees of success recorded.
“Acting on credible and actionable intelligence, NAF aircraft were directed to an active location in Sambisa Forest believed to be the enclave of notorious terrorist, Fiya Ba Yuram. Fiya Ba Yuram is the current ISWAP leader of Sambisa Forest who took over the leadership following the demise of Abubakar Shekau.
“On arrival, the location was observed to be active with terrorists seen gathering. Airstrikes were then authorised and carried out on the location. An assessment of the location after the strikes revealed it to be successful, though it remained unconfirmed if Fiya Ba Yuram was among the terrorists neutralised in the strikes.” He said