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ISWAP Continues Multiple Attacks On Babbangida Town In Northeast Nigeria

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Sept. 26 carried out a new attack on security forces stationed in a remote town in Tarmuwa axis of the Yobe State.

The terror group, ISWAP, has carried out a third attack within weeks on Babbangida community near Shekau town and the fringes of the desert in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria. 

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Nigerian military pushed back an incursion from ISWAP insurgents on Babbangida,  the headquarters of Tarmuwa located close to the region’s frontline with the desert and about 47 km from Damaturu,  the state capital. 

HumAngle learnt that residents were taking refuge in bushes and surrounding hamlets after the attack. The insurgents had launched the attack on Babbangida at about 6 p.m. when locals were preparing for the late evening prayers.

“I got in touch with my officers who corroborated the attack but they assured me they were on alert even though calm has returned,” the Police Public Relations Officer,  Yobe State Command, told Daily Trust.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, a large column of insurgents in about five gun trucks hit the remote agrarian town about nine km from Shekau town. In late August, troops beat back an attack on Babbangida town linked with an attempt to replenish logistics supply. 

The troops in the location were able to also recover several weapons including one gun truck, one Anti-aircraft gun, two assault rifles and Improvised Explosive Devices.  

The attacks on Babbangida could be part of probing attacks to wear down troops or attempts by the local cell to loot supplies.

The security situation and condition in some parts of the northern axis of Yobe close to the border with Niger Republic, neighbouring Borno State or along the Komadogou-Yobe river remains volatile and unpredictable particularly in areas in Gujba, Tarmuwa, Geidam and Yunusari. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Nigerian military aircraft responded to intelligence on insurgent movements close to the border with Niger Republic and along the Komadougou River line. Following which the aircraft carried out the airstrikes that led to civilian casualties in Buhari village in Yunusari.

In July, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) started flight operations between Maiduguri and Damaturu, to avoid the use of the highway connecting the two major towns due to the risk of attacks and abductions, especially of humanitarian actors. 

The violence in Northeast and Lake Chad Basin has killed thousands of people and displaced over two million people, outside the country and within the affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

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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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