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ISWAP Lays Hours-Long Siege In Geidam Town

ISWAP have launched a daring hours-long siege of Geidam in Northern Yobe State.

Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) fighters have occupied Geidam town in the northeastern part of Nigeria despite attempts by the military to push the insurgents back.

Geidam is one of the major towns in Yobe State and is located near the border with neighbouring Borno State and Niger Republic.

HumAngle understands that Nigerian Air force scrambled combat aircraft to support the military counter assault against the incursion which began on Friday evening and continued on Saturday afternoon.

Troops of 159 Battalion deployed in Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole are located in Geidam.

The military action against the insurgents is facing challenges due to the insurgents’ presence in the town, making it difficult for airstrikes to be conducted.

The insurgents in multiple gun trucks went on a rampage, destroying private and public properties including telecommunication assets but didn’t harm civilians.

Fire fighting vehicle set on fire.

Some locals were also moving around the town including within close proximity of fighters in gun trucks.

HumAngle  learned that ISWAP hoisted their flags and distributed pamphlets stating their objectives, who they considered a target, and invited locals to join their ranks.

HumAngle is monitoring the unfolding development in Geidam.

Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (Boko Haram) and its splinter faction ISWAP have waged a bloody decade long insurgency that has led to over 30,000 deaths and displacement of more than 2.3 million people.

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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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