Military Airstrike Did Not Kill Fishermen in Lake Chad – DHQ
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko explained that the air Component, acting on credible intelligence on the activities of terrorists in an identified ISWAP camp at the said location, conducted air strikes on the target on Sept. 26.
He said the air interdiction was conducted after careful Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions revealed the activities of ISWAP elements in the location.
According to him, the intelligence gathered was processed and carefully analyzed between the period of Aug. 19 and Sept. 23.
“Persons wearing combat vests and uniforms identified as ISWAP-styled uniforms were seen within the camp.
“Furthermore, neither women nor children were noticed in or around the camp, just as no fishing activities were seen.
“Instead, canoes loaded with unidentified items were seen parked but not engaged in any fishing activity, an indication that they were to be ferried to another location.
“Having carefully ascertained that nearby civilian settlements were not in the line of fire and a precision strike would disrupt ISWAP logistics movement and neutralise them; a decision was made to conduct a strike on the ISWAP camp,” he said.
Onyeuko stated that casualty figures could not be ascertained, saying the strike was verified to be successful in disrupting ISWAP logistics movement and foot soldiers.