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ISWAP Targets Troops, Communication Asset In Magumeri

The attack in Magumeri in northern Borno State is part of a series of recent Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacks in the State.

Nigerian troops on Wednesday, Nov. 3, engaged in a firefight with ISWAP fighters after the group breached the security of Magumeri town in Northeastern Nigeria. 

Magumeri Local Government is about 40km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. The main town is protected by a defensive trench and nearby military detachment. 

HumAngle understands that the insurgents targeted the military contingent, leading to counter operations to push back the attackers.

The insurgents were reported to have targeted the community hospital, looted supplies, and burnt down a telecommunications mast in the area. 

The protracted war in Northeastern Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin has killed thousands of civilians, displaced over 2 million people, and led to the creation of humanitarian crises.

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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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