A Nigerian troop has killed one of the leaders of the Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP), Sani Shuwaram.
Shuwaram and other terrorists were neutralised after aerial bombardments carried out in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.
The 45-year-old ISWAP leader was, in November 2021, installed as the new Wali (Head) in Lake Chad by the ISWAP Shura (Judicial) Council.
Super Tucano jets flown by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) rained missiles on a number of identified ISWAP hideouts during which Shuwaram reportedly died from gunshot wounds sustained in the strikes that hit the sect’s camps at the Sabon Tumbun area of Lake Chad.
“Shuwaram was among terrorists injured by NAF air interdiction missions conducted at Sabon Tumbun near Kirta Wulgo.
“Subsequent strikes led to his death alongside other ISWAP fighters receiving treatment including Abu Ibrahim”, a military officer reportedly confirmed.
NAF Director of Public Relations, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said air and ground troops have continued the military offensive around Kirta Wulgo.
“We don’t want to be dragged into making any statement or confirmation based on rumours or hearsay.
“Nevertheless, troops at the frontline alongside other agencies have sustained strikes against terrorist leaders and their enclaves until we get this job done”, the spokesman added.