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Nigerian Military Beat Back ISWAP Incursion In Damboa

Nigerian troops on Friday morning pushed back an ISWAP incursion in Borno State. Days after an attack by a group led to the death of a Brig. Gen.

The Nigerian military in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 19, pushed back an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) incursion into Damboa area in Nigeria’s northeastern  State of Borno. 

Damboa is located in Southern Borno and about 86 km from Maiduguri, the state capital.

The town is also situated close to the dreaded Alagarno and Sambisa forest general areas where insurgents operate. 

HumAngle has learned that around 6 a.m. ISWAP insurgents attacked the military facility in Damboa but met stiff resistance that led to killing several attackers and withdrawal of the assault. 

In October, ISWAP insurgents in gun trucks and improvised armoured vehicles burnt the outposts of the Nigerian Mobile Police and Civilian Joint Task Force.

On Saturday, ISWAP conducted a raid in Askira about 63 km from Damboa, destroying a telecommunication mast, buildings and vehicles, and looting food supplies. 

The terror group also targeted the reinforcements contingent from Chibok resulting in the death of an Army Brigadier General, Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers.

The troops in the area were able to push back the attack with the support of two A-29 and five Alpha jet aircraft.


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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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