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Nigerian Military Pushes Back Against ISWAP Attack

The recent attack in Yobe State is part of a string of security incidents in the Northeast.

Nigeria’s counter-insurgency troops backed by Air support have pushed back an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attack in the Northeastern town of Buni Yadi in Yobe State.

Buni Yadi is the main town of Gujba Local Government Area, situated about 49 kilometres from Damaturu the State Capital.

The town hosts the Nigerian Army Special Forces Training School and 27 Task Force Brigade.

HumAngle understands that the ISWAP incursion led to fierce clashes between the insurgents and the military before the arrival of combat air support and withdrawal of the insurgents.

The attack is the latest in a series of ISWAP attacks targeting garrison towns and security forces.

On Nov 28, the Nigerian military thwarted an ISWAP assault on a Forward Operating Base in Gajiram area of Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.

The ground and air response led to the recovery of several weapons including AK pattern rifles, Galil assault rifle, PK type Machine gun, mortar tube and two heavy machine guns.

On Nov. 20, the group launched an attack on Marte, near the shores of Lake Chad. HumAngle learned that the insurgents entered the town around 5:30 pm on Saturday and stayed there till 2 am Sunday. 

They also looted medical supplies and confiscated a vehicle and burnt down a house occupied by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

On Nov 19, Nigerian troops of the 25 Task Force brigade engaged ISWAP insurgents in Damboa area of Southern Borno, after the insurgents stormed the town through multiple fronts. 

The 25 Task Force Brigade also provided reinforcement following an earlier attack on the 115 Task Force Battalion in Askira Uba. 

The terror group also targeted the reinforcements team 28 Task Force Brigade from Chibok resulting in the death of several soldiers including an Army Brigadier General.


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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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