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Troops Repel ISWAP Attack In Magumeri

Troops of Nigerian Army on Friday repelled an attack by Islamic State West Province (ISWAP) fighters on the agrarian town of Magumeri, in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Magumeri Local Government is about 50km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

HumAngle learned that the attack occurred at about 5 pm. 

Details on the impact of the attack and response by Nigerian troops in the area were still stretchy as of the time of this report and the military authorities were yet to comment on the incident.

Magumeri has witnessed a recent surge in attacks on troops and the civilian population by terrorists. 

In 2019, Nigerian troops pulled back from the area following a government’s policy to establish super camps and curb the sustained breach of military bases in frontline towns, including a daring May 2019 attack on the military in Magumeri.

Redeployment of troops to Magumeri and environs on patrol and static outpost has been met with stiff resistance by ISWAP with attacks on troops and the community.  

The town is considered to be important to ISWAP for the movement of logistics and supplies to other areas where the group is present.

In October, several fighters were killed when ISWAP launched an attack on a military contingent in Magumeri.

Earlier in August, over a dozen farmers and herders were killed while livestock rustled during an attack at Puciwa and Koleram communities in Magumeri Local Government Area.

The last standing telecommunication infrastructure and a public hospital were burnt to the ground, thereby leaving thousands of residents without access to communication and medical services.

In July, the insurgents on a looting spree attacked Nigerian troops, police officers and members of the civilian self-defence group supporting military operations in Magumeri. 

The previous month, ISWAP fighters stormed Moduri, Kelewa and Ngudori in the area and seized over 400 cows.

The protracted decade-long war in Northeastern Nigeria has killed more than 30,000 civilians and displaced over 2.3 million people and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

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