Troops from the regional Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) killed 16 Boko Haram fighters including a commander, in the Lake Chad area of Nigeria’s Borno state. The operation was conducted in Kireowa area where the troops were conducting clearance operations before coming into contact with the terrorists.
A gunfight ensued and 16 militants including Malloum Moussa, described as a high ranking Boko Haram Commander in the area were killed. Moussa is said to have had jurisdiction over the southern Lake Chad area including around Daban Masara, Kirta Wulgo and Koleram, and that he was notorious for imposing hefty levies on farmers, fishermen and cattle herders.
The MNJTF, which comprises troops from Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria, launched Operation Yancin Tafki on February 21. It is aimed at making islands and other settlements in Lake Chad untenable for Boko Haram Terrorists.