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Insurgents Launch Multiple Attacks In Northeastern Nigeria

Insurgents have stepped up their attacks against military facilities and convoys in multiple locations, almost simultaneously in northeast Nigeria.

Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) insurgents carried out multiple attacks on Friday, Dec. 3, targeting troops in Nigeria’s Northeastern towns of Rann and Malam Fatori. 

The insurgents were reported to have launched an early morning attack on the military base in Rann, near the border with Cameroon. 

The town is also the headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State. 

In August, the military carried out a counter-assault after a multi-pronged early morning insurgent attack forced troops and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to abandon their location. 

On Friday evening, ISWAP launched another attack targeting Malam Fatori, the main town of Abadam LGA, situated near the Niger Republic and Lake Chad. 

Malam Fatori town is more than 190 KM from Rann. The town has faced frequent attacks from ISWAP, including the firing of explosive projects. 

In the past few months, the town has seen a surge in activities related to the Borno State government officials’ push to rehabilitate facilities needed to support the resettlement of displaced people. 

More than 100,000 people who fled violence in Abadam live as refugees in the Bosso and Diffa regions of Niger.

The resettlement efforts have increased state officials and security forces alongside the Nigerian military contingent based in the town. 

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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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