A senior commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province, Bukar Gana Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha), and scores of his fighters, who were on revenge mission at Damasak, fell to the firepower of troops Thursday.
The Nigerian Army said the terrorists and his fighters met their waterloo as they made a comeback following the killing of 12 high-value ISWAP commanders in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State in a week-long air and ground operations by troops.
The army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, revealed that “the terrorists who were denied any sanctuary or respite desperately conducted two separate failed attacks on Gajiram and Damasak.”
The terrorists were earlier reported to have killed some troops and destroyed the United Nations humanitarian hubs during the attack on Damasak but Yerima in a statement on Friday said top ISWAP leaders were killed by airstrikes during the attack.
The statement was titled, ‘How ISWAP seniors commanders on revenge mission met their waterloo at Damasak.’
It stated, “The deadly air strikes conducted on Tudun Wulgo, Zari and Tumbun Alhaji, Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala and Arijallamari, in Abadam, Marte and Ngala Local government Areas, led to the killing of top ISWAP Leaders.
“The commanders that perished in the airstrikes include Mohammad Fulloja, Ameer Mallam Bello, Ba’a kaka Tunkushe, Abu Muktar Al -Ansari, Ameer Abba Kaka, Abu Huzaifa, Ameer Modu Kwayem, while Goni Mustapha who was the Chief Imam of the ISWAP escaped with bullet wounds.”