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Borno: Nigerian Military Repelling ISWAP Twin Attack

The Nigerian military is countering a twin attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Dikwa and Marte in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Dikwa town lies about 90 kilometres east of Maiduguri and about 40 kilometres to Marte.

The Nigerian Army 22 Brigade super camp is in Dikwa, while the 153rd Task Force Battalion is based in New Marte.

HumAngle understands that troops and air support are currently resisting the incursion by ISWAP in Dikwa and Marte.

The situation is still fluid and unfolding.

So far, at least one officer and an unknown number of soldiers were killed when ISWAP dislodged troops in Marte a few days ago.

The attack is happening just a month after ISWAP conducted a daring raid on the task force battalion base located in the abandoned Lake Chad basin quarters in New Marte.

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Murtala Abdullahi

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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