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Nigerian Military Thwarts ISWAP Incursion Near Maiduguri

Security environment around Maiduguri is tense following recent ISWAP activities in the area.

The Nigerian Military on Monday Oct. 18 pushed back an ISWAP incursion near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Northeast Nigeria.

The incident happened in the evening at Chabbal along Maiduguri – Magumeri – Gubio road, about three kms from Maiduguri perimetre trench.

The area is also nine kms from the Airbase and about seven kms from Maimalari Cantonment, headquarters of the counterinsurgency operation.

According to a report, the troops killed several insurgents and recovered multiple gun trucks and weapons during the encounter.

The security breach is coming a few days after gunfire and artillery projectile launch was heard around the Pompomari, 777 and 1000 housing estates area.  This location is about seven kms from the area where troops engaged ISWAP insurgents on Monday.

Hostilities and armed clashes between Nigerian security forces and insurgents are gradually spiking as the group is transiting towards the fighting season that comes with risks for super camps and garrison towns.

HumAngle understands that the security environment is tense around the fortified Maiduguri metropolitan city which houses government buildings, humanitarian actors, residents, and displaced persons.

The Nigerian Air Force has also dispatched A-29 super Tucano aircraft to Maiduguri to strengthen military operations. 


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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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