Nigerian troops have eliminated a top-ranking Commander of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and other terrorists in a brutal military offensive at Askira Uba, Borno State after the killing of a senior army officer.
The ISWAP terrorists had in a reprisal attack over the killing of their members by military jets on Friday, killed Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkushi, the commander of 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok alongside three other soldiers, while on their way to reinforce troops at Bungulwa village, near Askira Uba on Saturday.
A military source confirmed that over 30 bodies of the insurgents killed on Saturday have been recovered, though troops are still combing surrounding bushes in Askira Uba.
The source told PRNigeria that about nine gun trucks, an armoured personnel carrier (APC) and one Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) were destroyed or recovered by the Nigerian troops.
“This morning (Sunday) while we are still mopping the area, we have so far counted 37 corpses of the terrorists, while one of their leaders, a Commander who was arrested for further investigation died in custody this morning.