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Terrorists Ambush Military Convoy In Kareto Area Of Borno

The military convoy was ambushed by ISWAP, a terror group and franchise of ISIS operating in Northeastern Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin.

A Nigerian Military Convoy was ambushed by ISWAP terrorists on Saturday, July 31, while moving through a road that cuts through Kareto town connecting Damasak and Gubio towns in Northern Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.Ā 

Kareto is about 25 km from Damasak the headquarters of Mobbar Local Government, 52 km away from Gubio town and 135 km from Maiduguri the state capital.

The area has witnessed a series of terror attacks on security forces and the setting up of checkpoints targeting aid workers.Ā 

The ambush on Saturday, which was believed to have begun around late morning or early afternoon, targeted a convoy travelling to Gubio.

Ā According to Daily Trust, the convoy was there to provide escort to members of the governing political party for their ward congress in Damasak.

On Sunday, ISWAP mounted a checkpoint along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road connecting the capitals of Yobe and Maidugurui.Ā 

The checkpoints are used by the terror group to screen, abduct, or kill a certain category of passengers.Ā 

HumAngle understands that military authorities have begun reviewing travel of personnel on pass following the recent abduction of soldiers along the road.Ā 

The violence ravaging the region has led to the death of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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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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