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Nigerian Troops Beat ISWAP Terrorists To Retreat In Damasak

Insurgent burnt humanitarian vehicles in the main town Mobbar Local Government during the attack on Thursday evening.

Nigerian troops Thursday pushed back Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ second incursion within a few days in the Damasak area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Damasak is near the border with the Niger Republic, about 180 kilometres Northwest of Maiduguri.

HumAngle learned that the insurgents burnt two humanitarian vehicles and hijacked another one after breaching the security of the town.

The attack on Thursday evening in the main town of the Mobbar Local Government Area came after an audacious attack between Sunday evening and Monday morning in the area.

In Jan. 2019, a Nigerian Air Force Helicopter gunship crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak.

In July 2020, a United Nations Humanitarian Air Service helicopter came under fire in Damasak in the volatile northern Borno region.

The helicopter was able to return to the Maiduguri air base shortly after the attack.


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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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