News ID: 321069
Published: 1244 GMT April 17, 2022

Nigeria army says 70 ‘terrorists’ killed in air raid

Nigeria army says 70 ‘terrorists’ killed in air raid
AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS

The Nigerian Air Force said it has killed more than 70 Daesh-affiliated terrorists in the north of the country, at the border with Niger, in air raid.

Saturday’s statement said aircraft from Nigeria and Niger took part in the operation.

The Lake Chad area, where Nigeria said it launched the air raid, is known for hosting Daesh-affiliated terrorists, who are there active since 2016, Al Jazeera reported.

With older rivals Boko Haram, the two factions have killed more than 40,000 people in the past decade. More than two million people are still displaced from their homes due to ongoing violence.

“Missions over the suspected locations … conducted on 13 April 2022 specifically sighted large number of terrorists, a likely logistics camp,” Nigeria’s Air Force spokesman Edward Gabkwet said.

As a result, they carried out air attacks on April 14 at Tumbun Rego and a nearby training camp, he added in the statement.

Nigeria often scales up its offensive at this time of the year before the rainy season starts.

Soldiers have been battling the armed rebellion for more than 12 years. Government troops are also battling heavily armed gangs in the northwest and separatist tensions in the southeast.

 

 

 

 

   
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