KareemAliu,Maiduguri- Troops under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have reportedly Amir Khalifa Umar third in command of the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) group.
Umar was said to have been killed during raids on the terrorists’ hideouts around Lake Chad.
The good news was confirmed by the spokesperson for the MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, who stated that the news about Umar’s death was true.
He said: “In continuation of the ongoing offensive operations against the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and other purveyors of violence and instability in the Lake Chad Basin, the Air Task Force of the MNJTF neutralised the third-ranking commander in ISWAP leadership echelon, Amir Khalifa Umar in an air interdiction conducted yesterday in Tunbum Sabon.
“Khalifa Umar was a High-Value Target considering that he was also the Chief Judge of ISWAP. In a separate air interdiction conducted in Kwalaram, three other senior commanders of ISWAP were also neutralised.
“More details on the full Battle Damage Assessment will be conveyed in subsequent press releases.
“Additionally, MNJTF Air Task Force interdiction of ISWAP training camp and mustering area in Tumbun Madayi three days ago also yielded the expected result.
“Several terrorists and their commanders who gathered for training or an attack were neutralised or maimed.”