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Nigerian Troops Fend Off ISWAP Ambush, Recover Weapons

On Sunday, Nigerian troops fought through an ambush set up by ISWAP insurgents in Borno State, killing many terrorists.

Nigerian troops on patrol recovered weapons after an intense clash on Sunday, Aug. 22, with insurgents along the notorious Gajiram axis of the Maiduguri-Monguno Road. 

The troops attached to the regional Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Sector 3 in the garrison town of Monguno were reported to be conducting routine patrols when the encounter happened. 

The Monguno-Gajiram axis connecting Maiduguri and Monguno is notorious for Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), ambushes targeting military units. 

According to the Authorities, the Sunday attack occurred at Ali Gambari village, with a number of the insurgents killed and troops recovering three AK pattern assault rifles and ammunition. 

More than 35,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million displaced over a decade of violence in Nigeria.


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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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