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Nigerian Troops Push Back ISWAP In Damboa

Nigerian troops on Wednesday beat back an ISWAP attack on one of their bases in Borno, Northeast Nigeria, with combat aircraft support.

Nigerian troops on Wednesday pushed back an incursion on their base by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terror group that attacked in multiple gun trucks and an armoured track vehicle.

The troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade in the Damboa area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, were supported by MI-35M helicopter gunships alongside L-39ZA and Alpha jets.

HumAngle understands that the terror group attack involved about 11 gun trucks with two gun trucks breaching the base security and engaging in a firefight with troops.

It’s unclear if the insurgents caused damage before the arrival of helicopter gunships.

The insurgents suffered losses with several terrorists neutralised and about six gun trucks destroyed.

An up-armoured gun truck deployed as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device appeared in photographs of the attack.

The photographs showed an MT-LB multi-purpose armoured track vehicle captured from a military unit during a previous attack.

This is at least the third time this year that ISWAP would be using a seized Nigerian army armoured vehicle to attack troops, previously documented incidents happened in  Askira Uba and Mainok.

The situation remains fluid over fears that ISWAP could regroup and launch another 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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