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Shekau-Led Boko Haram Kills Dozens Of ISWAP Insurgents In Fierce Clash

A fierce rivalry clash between Abubakar Shekau led Boko Haram, and members of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has led to dozens of ISWAP fighters’ death.

The fierce battle took place in a border area between Nigeria and the Niger Republic, Al Thabat, an al-Qaida affiliated media outfit revealed.

Al Thabat, in a statement, said Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad, commonly known as Boko Haram, killed Islamic State West Africa Province insurgents in the village of Sunawa on the Nigeria-Niger border. 

A BBC report also stated that the battle occurred after ISWAP abducted dozens of women linked to Boko Haram. The group subsequently attacked the ISWAP base and rescued the women.

ISWAP broke off from the Shekau led Boko Haram in 2016, and since the bitter divorce, violent confrontations between both factions have been recurrent.


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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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