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ISWAP Expanding Threats With Multiple Attacks In Borno

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks on communities in Northeastern Nigeria.

The claim was made through the group propaganda outlet.

Since 2009, Nigerian and multinational forces from neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger have been engaged in battles with Boko Haram and it’s splinter faction ISWAP.

On Saturday, December 26, insurgents targeted Tashan Alade, Shafa, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Debro communities in Hawul Local Government, Southern Borno.

A police station, school and a number of churches were not spared by the insurgents who operated for hours.

Shops and medical supplies were also looted.

ISWAP Expanding Threats With Multiple Attacks in Borno
Source: Borno State Government

On Sunday, December 27, Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State visited Hawul onboard a Nigerian Air Force Super Puma helicopter to assess damages and show solidarity with the affected communities.

ISWAP Expanding Threats With Multiple Attacks in Borno
Governor Zulum on arrival in Hawul

The attack in Hawul will have an impact on humanitarian services and recovery efforts of the State Government, at the same time, it gives a disturbing signal of ISWAP expanding its activities in Southern Borno.

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