Troops of the Nigerian Air Force have attacked the enclave of the leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), Fiya Ba Yuram, in Sambisa woodland with fighter planes.
The airstrikes, which were carried out on some particular targets in the Tunbuns and Sambisa, reportedly killed scores of militants hibernating within the enclaves.
After Abubakar Shekau, the head of Boko Haram, was slain by an opposing terrorist organisation, Fiya Ba Yuram took over.
After assuming control of the Boko Haram group, he shifted his allegiance to the ISWAP.
In an interview with reporters in Abuja, NAF spokesman Edward Gabkwet, an Air Commodore, acknowledged the development, stating, “the NAF won’t, however, be drawn into the details of those neutralised.”
The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies have continued to synergize and pull their resources towards ensuring that terrorists, insurgents, and other criminal elements are completely eliminated for the sake of peace and security of the nation,” said one of the troops who participated in the operations.
Aircraft from the Nigerian Air Force in particular have been an indispensable asset in the fight against terrorism and insurgency across the country. Indeed as recent as yesterday, 21 August 2022, NAF aircraft under the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI carried out some strikes against terrorists enclave in Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns in Borno State with varied degrees of success documented.
“Acting on credible and actionable intelligence, NAF aircraft were directed to an active site in Sambisa Forest thought to be the enclave of infamous 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.\s“Please notice that the designation ‘Fiya’ connotes the most senior position in the terrorist’s military leadership hierarchy. It should also be kept in mind that Yuram was a Shekau supporter up to the latter’s death, following which he began to side with ISWAP.