Troops, Vigilantes Beat Back ISWAP Insurgents In Borno

Nigerian troops supported by local vigilantes and hunters thwarted an attack by the Islamic State affiliate group on Saturday, killed several terrorists and confiscated some of their weapons in Biu, southern Borno.

Nigerian troops supported by local vigilantes pushed back an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) incursion on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Northeastern state of Borno.

HumAngle learnt that the troops, alongside members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (local vigilantes) and hunters, confronted the insurgents around Maina Hari area, situated in Biu Local Government Area of southern Borno.

Maina Hari is about 162 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital, and 5.30 kilometers from Biu, the headquarters of the local government.

According to the military authorities, the troops from 231 Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment responded to the incursion at Maina Hari and recovered one gun truck, DShK machine gun, and HK 21 machine gun.

The security team was reported to have initiated their counter operations after noticing the insurgents’ movement.

A town resident said they are working on a plan that may keep the town safe from such incursions. “We will never go to sleep with our two eyes closed,” says Baba Isa, a farmer and youth leader.

A few days ago, ISWAP insurgents destroyed vehicles and sections of the Army Institute in Buratai town, about 30kilometres from Biu.

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