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ISWAP Insurgents In Boats Attack Boko Haram Camp In Lake Chad

Clashes between members of Boko Haram and ISWAP continue around Lake Chad islands and farther in the Sambisa-Mandara areas of Borno State

A group of ISWAP insurgents in multiple boats carried out an attack against members of the rival Boko Haram group located in Lake Chad, HumAngle can report. 

Skirmishes between the two groups escalated following the ISWAP raid on Boko Haram’s previous stronghold in Sambisa forest and the subsequent death of its leader Abubakar Shekau. 

According to PR Nigeria, the revenge incident happened days after Boko Haram insurgents around the Mandara-Gwoza Mountain range targeted and killed 24 ISWAP insurgents. 

HumAngle understands that this is part of areas in Borno State, where ISWAP has extended its reach and activities, since the invasion of nearby Sambisa forest and attempts to absorb Boko Haram elements in the area. 

The reprisal attack by ISWAP was reported to have occurred at a camp belonging to affiliates of the Bakoura group in the Lake Chad region. The report added that the incident led to the death of about 87 rival insurgents. 

HumAngle on Oct. 4,  reported a briefing from the Nigerian Army stating that troops foiled an ISWAP attack on surrendered Boko Haram members in Damboa town of Borno State.

More than 11,000 persons associated with Boko Haram have fled hinterland areas in Sambisa and environs towards major towns and surrendered to security forces. 

In late September, Boko Haram also targeted an ISWAP camp located in a patchy fishing community between the borders of Nigeria and Niger.

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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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