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ISWAP Attacks Yobe Community, Burns School, Construction Equipment

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents stormed Gujiba town on Saturday, days after Geidam was attacked and public properties destroyed.

A local source informed Channels Television the terrorists first laid ambush to a military patrol vehicle on the highway and later stormed the town.

The attack on Gujiba about 30 kilometres from Damaturu, Yobe State capital, occurred a few kilometres from the location where the Nigerian Army launched a new offensive at the 27 Brigade Tactical Headquarters, Buni Gari.

Buni Gari is less than seven kilometres from Buni Yadi which also accommodates the Nigerian Army Special Forces School.

HumAngle has learned the insurgents fired their weapons sporadically before proceeding to burn a primary school and construction work equipment.

In December, the State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, flagged off the construction of Gujba-Ngalda Road as part of efforts to rebuild critical infrastructure affected by the insurgency in the state.

The project is expected to be in two phases, with the first phase being the 40 km Gujiba-Mutai, while the second section will terminate at Ngalda.

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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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