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Military Smashes Daring ISWAP Squad, After Dislodgement Of Base

On Monday, ISWAP launched a raid on Rann; however, the dislodged military team was able to carry out a counter attack.

Around 1 a.m. on Monday, an ISWAP incursion squad breached the security of Rann town and the military base. However, a robust response led to the annihilation of the squad.

Rann is the main town of Kala Balge local government in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria and near the border with Cameroon.

HumAngle learned that the insurgents approached the town from multiple locations and forced the soldiers and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to abandon their base and head towards the Cameroonian border.

The insurgents also informed locals in Rann not to run, that their objective was not them but the military.

HumAngle understands that after dawn, the insurgents attempted to leave the town but were ambushed by the troops that initially withdrew from the base. The counter-assault was supported by two military helicopters.

Military properties were destroyed including  communication centres and armoured vehicles.

Humanitarian actors in the town were trapped in the towns and others forced to flee to safety.

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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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