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Troops eliminate ISWAP top commanders, 55 terrorists in Borno

No fewer than 55 terrorists from the Islamic State of the West African Province, ISWAP, including several top commanders, have been killed by the troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, in the Fringes of Arege in Malam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

According to the Niger Ministry of Defence, a 22-day aggressive operation nicknamed Operation HARBIN ZUMA, which began on May 6, 2023 and ended on Sunday May 28, targeting ISWAP strongholds, was coordinated by the troops of Sector 3 and Sector 4 Multinational Joint Task Force.

The troops destroyed 13 vehicles, 13 motorcycles and five Vehicles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices.

Two soldiers from Nigérienne Sector 4 MNJTF were killed, three were slightly wounded, and one phantom Mrap was damaged during the operation.

However, The Niger Ministry did not disclose any casualties on the Nigerian side.

The main aim of Operation HARBIN ZUMA was to neutralise terrorists in their stronghold in Aregé, Nigeria.

The operation also aimed to maintain pressure on the Islamic State in West Africa and eliminate any presence of armed terrorist groups in the BOSSO, BAGA, GOUDOUMBALI, and GASHIGAR areas.

The operation also planned to cut off all supply routes for armed terrorist groups and reduce the threat in the region.

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