Residents flee as ISWAP terrorists attack military base in Borno

ISWAP terrorists


Terrorists belonging to The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have engaged in a heavy gun duel with troops at a military base in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

Sources said the ISWAP terrorists were sighted in a long convoy of about 16 gun trucks along Ngude axis towards Askira, on Saturday morning.

“Immediately the attackers stormed Askira, they headed to the military base”. The source said.

Meanwhile, in a swift response, the gallant military troops engaged the terrorists in gun battle prompting the residents to fled for safety.

The causality figures could not be ascertained as of the time of publishing this report.

Map of Borno in North East Nigeria bordering the Lake Chad region

ISWAP is a militant group and administrative division of the Islamic State (IS), a Salafi jihadist militant group and unrecognised proto-state.

It is primarily active in the Chad Basin, and fights an extensive insurgency against the states of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

It is an offshoot of Boko Haram with which it has a violent rivalry; Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau killed himself in battle with ISWAP in 2021.

ISWAP is the umbrella organization for all IS factions in West Africa including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (IS-GS), although the actual ties between ISWAP and IS-GS are limited.

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