Counter assault operations by the Nigerian military in the Northeast between Jan. 1 and 17, 2021 resulted in the destruction and capturing of over 20 Islamic State West Province (ISWAP) gun trucks, HumAngle can report.
This newspaper learnt that the gun trucks were those initially captured from Nigerian troops in various ambushes and raids by the insurgents.
The insurgents’ gun trucks targeted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole and ground troops are usually Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Buffalo trucks.
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) intercepted and destroyed 13 gun trucks in response to the Jan. 15 overrunning of Nigerian Army base in New Marte in Borno State.
On Jan. 13, NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Jakana-Mainok axis of Borno spotted ISWAP vehicles and the Air Task Force subsequently dispatched helicopter gunships that led to the destruction of at least two gun trucks.
The Air Force on Jan. 12 targeted and destroyed three gun trucks in the Jakana-Mainok axis of the state, following an intelligence report.
On Jan. 10 troops of the subsidiary Operation Tura Takai Bango recovered a gun truck at Kafa village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
On Jan. 9, one gun truck was destroyed in Gujba Local Government of Yobe State while the military also reported that troops on clearance operations between Goniri and Gorgi on Jan. 7 recovered 10 gun trucks.