The Defence Headquarters on Saturday confirmed the killing of four notorious terrorist commanders in air strikes in the past week.
According to the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major-General Edward Buba in a statement in Abuja, the commanders are Machika, Haro, Dan Muhammadu and Ali Alhaji Alheri, popularly called Kachalla Ali Kawaje.
Buba said that Machika was a top terrorist bomb expert and the younger brother of a notorious terrorist (Dogo Gide) while Haro and Dan Muhammadu were specialists in kidnapping and assault operations respectively.
He noted that a synchronised strike between air and ground forces aimed at the same target on Monday, killed Kachalla Kawaje, a renowned terrorist leader responsible for the abduction of the students of Federal University Gusau, Zamfara before adding that Kachalla was neutralised in the Munya Local Government Area of Niger along with many of his foot soldiers.
Buba said that air assets conducted aggressive air flights on confirmed locations active with the movement of terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers, adding that the strikes carried out resulted in the killing of over thirty-eight terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers, while one hundred and fifty-nine others were arrested.
“The armed force is hunting down prominent terrorist leaders and engaging them wherever they are hiding.
“The military will continue to take the fight to the terrorists and their cohorts until they are destroyed or surrendered,” he said.