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Insurgency: Four Phantom Armoured Vehicles Lost In Battle For Alagarno

On Jan. 3, about seven distinct Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) in desert paint appeared in pictures of military hardware for a new operation against insurgents in northeast Nigeria. 

The armoured carriers were Phantom 2 manufactured by ISOTREX at the company’s facility for armoured cars and trucks in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) port city of Ajman.

The UAE-built ISOTREX`s Phantom 2 is a new version of the 4×4 B6 Armoured Personnel Carriers featuring a 5 door configuration, with 360° gun turret and with two or three escape hatches.

HumAngle has observed that at least four Phantom 2 have either been destroyed or captured in attacks on troops by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). 

According to reports, one Phantom APC was destroyed on Jan. 10 during an encounter with troops at Kafa village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. 

Pictures of three more Phantom APC’s have appeared in ISWAP’s propaganda released on battles in the dreaded Alagarno forest area.

Over the past few days, fierce battles between Nigerian troops and insurgents have occurred in Alagarno forest, as troops conducting Operation Tura Takai Bango advance into the area with a strong ISWAP presence. 

Since 2009, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (Boko Haram) and lately, ISWAP have waged a bloody insurgency that has led to over 30,000 deaths. 

The insurgency has led to the displacement of more than 2.3 million people in the region.


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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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