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Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters’ Clash Claims Scores In Northeast Nigeria

The rivalry between both terror groups has led to continuous fighting between them, leading to death and destruction.

In an encounter that depicts a degeneration of inter-rivalry clash, the JAS wing of the Boko Haram Monday, Sept. 27 night attacked and inflicted a huge casualty on its adversary camp of ISWAP.

According to sources familiar with the clash, Bakura Buduma, a loyalist of late Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, led a reprisal war on a soft target camp of ISWAP located in Kaddunan Ruwa and Kaiga, a patchy fishing community between the borders of Nigeria and Niger. 

Buduma is said to have sworn to embark on a vendetta campaign against ISWAP for recently killing one of their top commanders known as Ameer Daawa. 

ISWAP had last week released a video in which one Modu Okacha appeared in masks and armed with an assault rifle while threatening some of the JAS members for “betraying brethren trust” by surrendering to Nigeria military. 

Okacha preceded his video with some of the captured JAS commanders (about 11 of them) introducing themselves before they were later executed. 

Buduma, HumAngle was informed, has vowed to lead the remaining JAS members who had not surrendered to battle more with ISWAP than even with the Nigerian troops.  

Having gained impressive control of strategic locations like Tumbun Gajimi, around the shores of Lake Chad where he now has equally brutal lieutenants, Buduma has now spoiled for full-scale war with the rivals camp now headed by Abu-Mussab Albarnawj, the son of their founding leader, late Mohammed Yusuf. 

Screengrab of a recent video released by ISWAP

A source deeply knowledgeable about the recent clash said: “Wallahi ISWAP suffered over a hundred fighters last night; they practically smouldered them in a surprise attack.”

“They crept on them at about 7 p.m. at the time I guess they were praying and unleashed fire on them killing their rated commanders and pride gunmen,” the source said. 

The source added that “JAS should not jubilate yet, because they may have just unleashed a war that may as well consume them all in that axis.” 

“In case you don’t know, JAS now has an overwhelming presence now, both in the Tumbuls of Lake Chad islands and in the Tumbuktu triangle up to Sambisa, which means they could mobilize and overrun Buduma and his shrunken rank of fighters,” the source said. 

“The Boko Haram militants launched the attack from Kaduna Ruwa and Kaiga, where it massively eliminated ISWAP terrorists in a silent operation and seized many of their arms and ammunition.”

On whether the infighting between JAS and ISWAP could positively impact the ongoing military counterterrorism campaign, the source said: “of course it will by way of reducing their fighting strength and war chest.”

“But it has not in any way eroded their quest for attacking military bases which for now seems to be their major source of armament,” the source said.

“Ordinarily, this infighting should provide a window of opportunity for the military to cash in and wipe them out. But if they fold their arms to watch them fight, it is not going to augur well by the time one group wins and consolidate their conquest of the jungle once again.”

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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