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Nigeria Air Force bombards terrorist zone in Lake Chad region

Nigeria Air Force bombards terrorist zone in Lake Chad region

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<p>The Nigerian Air Force has as at Tuesday launched an office on terrorists in the Lake Chad islands where terrorists elements belonging to a faction of Boko Haram are based.</p> <p>According to journalist Ahmed Salkida who reports on the insurgency in the Lake Chad region, the bombardments have “disoriented” the insurgents.</p> <p>The target group is the Islamic State in West Africa Province, <span class="caps">ISWAP</span>, a faction led by Al Barnawi. Widely known leader, Abubakar Shekau, is head of the other main faction.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Developing: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NigerianAirforce?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NigerianAirforce</a> embarks on momentous earth shattering airstrike's on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ISWAP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ISWAP</a> positions in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LakeChad?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LakeChad</a>. Multiple sources in the crisis zone said, the ongoing bombardments has “disoriented fighters.” No news yet on the number and type of casualties.</p>— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) <a href="https://twitter.com/A_Salkida/status/1067356326634954752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The offensive comes a week after the deadliest terrorist attack that killed over 100 soldiers in the town of Metele located in the northeastern Borno State, birthplace of Boko Haram.</p> <p>The army had in the wake of the attack launched a similar onslaught on Metele. The deaths have been top of media engagements as Nigeria’s elections loom in February 2019.</p> <p>Salkida adde that even as the Air Force bombarded the <span class="caps">ISWAP</span> positions, the Shekau group attacked military positions last night in Mararaban Banki and issued a statement of claim few hours after the attack. </p> <p>The army has yet to confirm the latest purported Boko Haram attack whiles the Air Force has also yet to disclose details of its bombardments. </p> <p>The Boko Haram insurgency affects four countries linked to the Lake Chad. Nigeria’s northeast, Cameroon’s Far North region as well as parts of Chad and Niger. There is a multinational task force coordinating to combat the insurgents.</p>
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