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Insurgents Attacking Lassa Village In Northeast Nigeria

Lassa village in Askira Uba local government area of Borno has come under attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents. Residents said it was the second attack in two weeks.

ISWAP insurgents are currently attacking Lassa, a town in southern Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, according to local sources. 

ISWAP insurgents are currently attacking Lassa, a town in southern Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, according to sources. 

The attackers, who invaded the town at about 7 p.m. WAT, had forced residents to flee into the bushes. 

The attack on Lassa, a town in Askira Uba’s local government, was the second in the last two weeks. The terror group reportedly  invaded the town through Maikadiri and Utavu villages which share a direct border with the Sambisa forest. 

“They came in large numbers and they engaged the soldiers that were stationed at the Maikadiri axis before they finally made their way into the town,” said a resident who fled into neighbouring Uba town. 

“I saw them shoot at a member of the civilian JTF at a spot near the market before I took to my heels,” the source who preferred not to be mentioned in this report said. 

Another source, who identified himself as Simon, said he saw them shooting and breaking stores in the market area. 

“They drove in a large convoy of vehicles and a big Tartar truck and some of them began to shoot and break into stores. I had to quietly sneak away from the market and fled into the bush.” 

A woman who spoke to HumAngle at about 8:30 p.m. said she and other women had to flee towards a river bank as the attackers sustained their shooting. 

“I’m presently at the river bank together with my children, but we can see the lightning coming from their gun firing and that of the soldiers,” she said. 

Lassa is one of the most attacked towns in the southern part of Borno state. The town first came under attack in June 2014. Since then, Lassa had been consistently been under attack by terrorists.

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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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