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Nigerian Troops Defeat ISWAP In Northeastern Town Of Wulgo

Nigerian troops located in one of the farthest northeast communities near the border with Cameroon engaged members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Nigerian Military on Sunday, Oct. 17, engaged in a late-night fight with ISWAP insurgents in the Northeastern town of Wulgo near Lake Chad and the border with far north Cameroon.

Wulgo town is situated in Ngala Local Government of Borno State and a few kilometres from the strategic town of Gombaru – Ngala located adjacent Fotokol town in Cameroon’s  Far North region.

Stationed in Wulgo are Nigerian troops assisted by Cameroonian partner forces under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) forces. The area has witnessed several ISWAP attacks.

In July, the Borno State Government said thousands of Wulgo town residents who were displaced by insurgents, had returned to the deserted town.

Babagana Zulum, Governor of the state met with the officers and soldiers of the MNJTF including the Cameroonian component officer, who heads MNJTF’s operations in Wulgo.

In March, two Cameroonian soldiers were killed while supporting their Nigerian counterparts who were attacked outside the Nigerian town of Wulgo. Three other Cameroonian soldiers and a Nigerian soldier were reported to have been injured in the encounter.

The violent insurgency in Northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin (Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria)  has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people.

The conflict in Northeastern Nigeria entered its 12th year in 2021.

ISWAP stems from the Boko Haram insurgent group that has been fighting against the Nigerian armed forces. The two militant groups later turned against each other.

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