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Residents Take Refuge In Shekau Village As ISWAP Attacks Babbangida

Babbangida town in Yobe, Northeast Nigeria, is facing recurring attacks from ISWAP terrorists.

Residents of Babbangida, a town in Yobe state, Northeast Nigeria, are currently taking refuge in bushes and surrounding hamlets after persons believed to be ISWAP insurgents returned to attack the town four days after government troops repelled them. 

HumAngle gathered that the insurgents invaded Babbangida at about 6 p.m. WAT when the villagers were preparing for the late evening prayers. 

Some of the villagers took to the bushes toward Shekau, the ancestral home of the late terror leader, Abubakar Shekau, where they are currently taking refuge. Shekau is a village a few kilometres from Babangida. 

One of the fleeing residents of the attacked town, Mallam Nura, said “we are still in the bush as I am talking to you now.” 

Nura said they were impressed by the Nigerian soldiers “who stood their ground and engaged the attacking terrorists as they continued shooting for over two hours. They came in many gun trucks and began to shoot as they entered through the eastern flank. The soldiers stood their ground as they exchanged fire.” 

A female source who craved anonymity said, “many of us had to run to Shekau village for refuge.”

The source informed that the attack was the third in three weeks when Boko Haram attacked Babangida. 

“About three weeks ago, they came to attack, and soldiers repelled it with some of them losing their lives,” the source said. “About three days ago, they came to attack, but soldiers were able to repel them, before they made it into Babbangida today.”

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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