Air Force Supporting Soldiers, As ISWAP Returns To Damasak

Islamic State West Africa Province has returned to Damasak, Borno, Northeast Nigeria, in another attack

Nigerian troops are battling an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) incursion in Damasak, days after the group briefly breached the town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. 

HumAngle understands that combat aircraft were deployed to support the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole stationed at the Nigerian Army Super Camp in Damasak, the main town of the Mobbar Local Government Area.

HumAngle had previously reported the insurgents’ audacious attack between Sunday evening and Monday morning in the area that led humanitarian workers escaping through the Komadougou-Yobe river, as troops engaged the insurgents.

Although the Air Force and soldiers neutralised some of the insurgents, with gun trucks and other weapons recovered, ISWAP gained access to the base, with the group also claiming to have used a bomb-laden vehicle in the attack. 

The unfolding security situation in Damasak is part of a series of attacks on super camps located in what is mostly considered to be safe garrison towns with humanitarian assistance operations. 

HumAngle will provide more updates later on the unfolding situation. 

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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