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Several People Killed In ISWAP Raid In Northeastern Nigeria

Nigerian troops were reportedly mobilised to reinforce security after insurgents raided a community in Chibok on Tuesday evening.

Several people were killed when Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) raided a community in the Kautikari area of Chibok in Northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, May 3.   

The insurgents reportedly shot sporadically and set ablaze residential houses, after invading a village in Kautikari district about 17 km from the main town of Chibok in southern Borno. 

According to TheCable, the insurgents dislodged troops stationed at a military forward operation base in Kada, two kilometres away from Kautikari. 

The report added that troops from Chibok town were later dispatched for a counteroffensive.

Last month,  ISWAP targeted Yimirmugsa community a couple of kilometres south of the town of Kautikari and east of Pemi. Both towns were also targeted in ISWAP raids in Jan. 

These communities are located a few kilometres from the Sambisa forest general area, the former stronghold of Boko Haram that was captured by ISWAP, last year.

The incident occurred around the time a United Nations (UN) aircraft with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres departed Maiduguri, after meeting local officials and visiting a reintegration centre and camp for people displaced by the violence.  

Northeastern Nigeria is grappling with an insurgency that has killed thousands of people and displaced over two million people.

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