ISWAP FIGHTERS SUFFER LOSSES IN JOINT COUNTER-OFFENSIVE OPERATION AT MALLAM FATORI
1. Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters have suffered severe losses in a joint counter-offensive mounted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and troops of the 89 and 97 Task Force Battalions of Sector 3 at Mallam Fatori on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State. The routing of the terrorists took place yesterday, 13 November 2019, sequel to intelligence reports on the movement of ISWAP fighters in some gun trucks towards the troops’ location in Mallam Fatori.
2. In response, the ATF immediately scrambled 2 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack aircraft to provide Close Air Support (CAS) as well as an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, which provided enhanced situational awareness for the ground troops as they engaged the terrorists. The combined sustained, intensive fire rained on the terrorists, from the air and on the ground, caused them to beat a hasty retreat. This was however not before 2 of their gun trucks were destroyed. The attack platforms also tracked the fleeing terrorists, further neutralizing some of their fighters as they attempted to escape.
3. The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.
4. You are requested to please disseminate this information and show the attached declassified short video clip of the attack through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force