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ISWAP Insurgents Launch Bold Day Time Attack In Damasak

Insurgents are engaging in fierce clashes with the Nigerian troops as they attempt to enter Damasak town in Borno State.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents have launched an audacious day time attack on Saturday targeting the garrison town of Damasak in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

HumAngle understands that the attack in Damasak, close to the shores of Lake Chad is intense as the insurgents are attempting to gain access. Damasak, near the Nigerian border with the Niger Republic, is about 180 kilometres Northwest of Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

The current attack on the town is at least the sixth security incident and attack by ISWAP within weeks, targeting the strategic garrison town and humanitarian hub.

Army Super Camp troops backed by the Air Force have been able to thwart most of the attacks, although ISWAP has gained access into the town in the past, destroying humanitarian vehicles while  targeting the military base.

The condition of humanitarian actors and civilians in the main town of Mobbar Local Government Area is currently unknown and the situation is fluid. 

Details later 

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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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