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Updated: ISWAP Attacks Troops In Multiple Onslaughts In Borno

At least 20 soldiers were killed alongside civilian allied forces in multiple attacks in Borno, Northeast Nigeria.

At least 20 soldiers were killed alongside Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members on March 12 after a deadly ambush in Northern Borno. 

The troops of sector 3 in conjunction with supporting elements including special forces and CJTF were attacked between Lingir village in Monguno and Kukawa in Kukawa Local Government Area.  HumAngle understands that the military was able to recover the bodies of the soldiers on Saturday.

The CJTF is a civilian force supporting the Nigerian security forces’ campaign against the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) and its parent faction Boko Haram.

In Aug. 2020, ISWAP took hundreds of people hostage from Kukawa, following skirmishes with Nigerian troops in the area.

The attack occurred after the resettlement of hundreds of displaced persons under military escort to the town, which lies close to the shores of Lake Chad.

Similarly, on Friday, HumAngle learned that ISWAP ambushed troops along Benisheikh and Ngamdu, resulting in the death of three soldiers and eight ISWAP insurgents. Both communities are in Kaga Local Government Area, where the Army Super Camp One is domiciled. 

ISWAP propaganda image showing the IED Attack in Malam Fatori

In another security incident, ISWAP claimed to have targeted troops with mortars and improvised explosive devices on Wednesday in Malam Fatori, one of the furthest Nigerian towns. 

HumAngle has, however, learned that there is a strong possibility the attack did not take place recently. The remoteness and high-risk nature of Malam Fatori, the headquarters of Abadam, makes access to information difficult.

Troops manning the base in the strategic border town endure persistent attacks because of its proximity to ISWAP.

A White MI- 8/17, which appeared in ISWAP propaganda of the attack, is likely the same aircraft used by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) with a foreign crew.

The insurgency, which has been ongoing for over a decade, has killed over 30,000 people and displaced more than three million.

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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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