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Newly Inducted APCs Bear Scars Of Battle With ISWAP

At least three of the newly inducted ISOTREX Phantom 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) have either been destroyed or captured in fierce battles between Nigerian troops and insurgents, HumAngle can report.

Nigerian troops conducting a new operation against Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Alargano -Timbukwu triangle are battling stiff resistance from the group that deploys bomb-laden vehicles, buried improvised explosive devices and gun trucks in an attempt to counter the offensive. 

On Jan. 10 one Phantom APC was destroyed during an encounter with troops at Kafa village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Phantom APC stuck in Alagarno
Phantom APC stuck in Alagarno

Two more Phantom APC’s have appeared in a propaganda video released by the ISWAP on battles in Kafa and Gorgi in Alagarno axis. One of the APCs likely got stuck while the other was partially destroyed. 

Partially destroyed Phantom.
Partially destroyed Phantom.

The Phantom APC first appeared in a new year celebration video and subsequently on Jan. 3 during the launch of Operations Tura Takai Bango.

According to armoured motors.com, The UAE-built ISOTREX`s Phantom 2 is a new version of the 4×4 B6 Armoured Personnel Carriers featuring a 5 door configuration, with 360° gun turret and with two or three escape hatches.

The APC bears a scar of fierce and intense clashes between troops and insurgents, as the military advances into the dreaded Alagarno.

Counter assault operations by the Nigerian military in the Northeast between Jan. 1 and 17, 2021 have resulted in the destruction and capturing of over 20 Islamic State West Province (ISWAP) gun trucks, HumAngle can report.


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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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