Military kills wanted Boko Haram commanders and 40 others

Two wanted Boko Haram Commanders, Abu Ubaida and Mallam Yusuf Abba, have been killed by the Nigerian military. 

The terrorist commanders were killed in airstrikes alongside 40 of their foot soldiers at an abandoned warehouse in Kurebe, a popular community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

The airstrikes were conducted by a Nigerian Air Force, NAF, aircraft attached to Operation Whirl Punch. 

The report read; 

“It would be recalled that on 22 December 2022, a NAF aircraft struck a terrorists’ gathering at Kurebe in Shiroro LGA.

“Several terrorists were killed, but it was unclear if any of the terrorists’ kingpins were eliminated in the air attacks.

“Consequently, after the said airstrike, preliminary investigations via exploitation of several sources revealed that there was an underground in the warehouse where the terrorists run to hide whenever a NAF aircraft flew over the area.

“It was also revealed that the terrorists hibernating within the location and bikes were seen on different occasions carrying fertilisers to the warehouse.

“These fertilisers are used by the terrorists to produce Improvised Explosive Device(s).

“Accordingly, NAF fighter jets were dispatched with the mission of ensuring total destruction of the warehouse and annihilation of the terrorists.”

NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Wap Maigida who confirmed the operation, said the Nigerian military air component would continue to sustain the offensive operations against the Boko Haram elements.

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