Rival Terrorists Group Clash In Northwest Nigeria

Dozens of terrorists have died in a feud between two rival terror groups in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.

Several terrorists, including leading members of two feuding armed groups in Northwest Nigeria died after they pointed their guns against each other on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. 

The incident occurred after deadly clashes between fighters linked to Bello Turji and another terror kingpin known simply as Dullu  in the Maniya area of Shinkafi in Zamfara State, according to a source,

The terrorists also rustled hundreds of animals during the attack.

Rival clashes are frequent among the terror groups terrorising communities and commuters in the northwest and parts of the Northcentral.  

Before the attack on Tuesday, Turji reportedly invited some of the terror kingpins operating near him and asked for their cooperation in carrying out the attack.

The source told HumAngle that members of Turji’s camp attacked his opponent while riding at least 300 motorcycles, each carrying three terrorists.

They burnt villages in Maniya before reaching Dullu’s hideout.

Eyewitnesses said they had seen some terrorists running from their hideouts and crossing Moriki-Shinkafi Road into Sububu forest to save their lives. 

“We heard Turji also abducted some men from the area. We also heard he [Dullu] died too. Dullu’s corpse and some others were at his base.

“Turji himself lost some men, but we are not sure how many. But I have seen some of them return with bullet wounds,” another source told the Daily Trust.

Another source confirmed to BBC Hausa that 16 terrorists from the Turji camp sustained injuries, and more than 30 died amongst ullu’s men. 

“They (Turji’s camp) told us they killed more than 29. But, then, they said they killed many more, and they didn’t wait to count them,” the source said

After the attack which took at least three hours, Turji moved to other towns near Birnin Yero, where he carried out attacks on Dullu’s stronghold. 

The source who spoke to HumAngle said Turji then declared that all fighters, weapons, and assets belonging to Dullu had become his bounties.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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