Thursday, October 21, 2021

Nigerian military says airstrike killed ISIS, reduced civilian casualties

Abuja: The Nigerian military said on Thursday that a deadly airstrike hit an ISIS terrorist camp and the casualties could not be determined, witnesses said, adding that the attack killed dozens of civilians in the northeast, where the country has been around for 12 years. waging war against. Jihadist rebels.

A victim and a resident told Reuters on Tuesday that two Nigerian Air Force planes bombed a fish market in the village of Daban Masara, killing dozens of civilians, mostly fishermen.

“Necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the presence of terrorists is detected and that the attack is carried out in an accurate and professional manner,” the Nigerian military said in a statement.

The military said the site of the airstrike was a well-known enclave of ISIS’s West Africa branch, adding that fishing is prohibited in the area.

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The military has banned fishing for years because of its alleged links to funding terrorists.

“While the casualties could not be ascertained, the strike was verified to be successful in disrupting (ISIS) logistic movement and infantry,” the statement said.

Two months after the airstrike, the US government transferred six A-29 Super Tucano fighters to Nigeria to aid in its war against Islamic militants.

Sources familiar with the matter said the six remaining A-29s should arrive from the United States in or around the next week. Sources said mitigating civilian losses is a serious concern and an issue where the United States will continue to engage with its Nigerian partners.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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