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ISWAP Continues To Attack Communities In Borno

On Friday, the town of Kautikari in Chibok was attacked by ISWAP, an Islamic State affiliate in Lake Chad Basin. 

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents on Friday, Jan. 14, continued their persistent onslaughts on communities in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno as they launched an attack in the Chibok Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. 

The ISWAP insurgents on Friday evening attacked the town of Kautikari located in southern Borno. 

HumAngle learnt that the terrorists destroyed homes, a local church, and killed three persons during the hours-long operations in the town, situated 16 kilometres from the main town of Chibok and 110 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Between Jan. 1 and 14, 2022, the insurgent group targeted communities and security forces in Northeast Nigeria using different attack tactics including assaults, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), indirect fire projectiles, and a car bomb. 

During the period, the group destroyed several vehicles and sections of the Nigerian Army Institute in Buratai town of Southern Borno. On the same day, troops recovered lethal weapons after an encounter with insurgents in the Kawuri area of Konduga Local Government of central Borno.

There was also reported use of mortar against the military in Bama and an attack on the Police Mobile Force (MOPOL) training facility in Gwoza, both located in the southern axis of Borno.  

The insurgent group also claimed an IED attack on a military convoy in Mallam Fatori near the shores of Lake Chad, as well as an IED attack on troops along the road connecting Marte in northern Borno and Dikwa in central Borno. 

The group also carried out a car bomb and assault on a military position in Marte. During the attack, the insurgents were armed with small arms and gun trucks fitted with heavy machine guns including autocannon stripped from Zsu-23-4 (Shilka).

Marte town which is located near the shores of Lake Chad is one of the high-risk areas of Borno State inaccessible to humanitarian actors. Last year, the Borno State government facilitated the return of some displaced households to the town. 

ISWAP also carried out an attack in the Garkida area of Gombi Local Government in northern Adamawa as well as an attack in the Komdi area of Damboa LGA in southern Borno. 

In the eastern local government of Gujba in Yobe, the group targeted a fertilizer blending facility as well as an ambulance after looting medical supplies from a government health facility. 

Nigerian troops during the period killed three insurgents and recovered an AK pattern rifle, a truck, two motorcycles, four empty magazines, and rounds of 7.62mm ammunition after targeting an ISWAP cell in the Damasak area of Mobbar Local Government in northern Borno. 

The conflict in Northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over two million.


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Murtala Abdullahi

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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