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Troops eliminate ISWAP top commanders, 55 terrorists in Borno


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Over 55 Islamic State–West Africa Province terrorists, including top commanders, have been killed by the Multinational Joint Task Force in Arege, Malam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State.

The Niger Ministry of Defence said that it conducted a 22-day operation tagged Operation HARBIN ZUMA, targeting ISWAP strongholds.

The operation, it said, was coordinated by troops of Sector 3 and Sector 4 of the MNJTF.

The operation started on May 6, 2023, and ended on Sunday, May 28.

According to its report, several top ISWAP commanders, including Fiya Abouzeid, Qaïd Abou Oumama, and Qaïd Malam Moustapha, as well as some religious leaders whose identities are unknown, were killed during the 22-day Operation HARBIN ZUMA. The Niger-Nigerian Air Task Force and land forces worked together to locate the enemy and cause significant damage.

The troops destroyed 13 vehicles, 13 motorcycles and five Vehicles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices.

Two soldiers from Nigérienne Sector 4 MNJTF were killed, three were slightly wounded, and one phantom Mrap was damaged during the operation.

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