In a bloody conflict between ISWAP and Boko Haram that saw ISWAP expelled from two of its enclaves in the Lake Chad region, 35 fighters of the Islamic State of West African Province were slain by the latter.
A trustworthy source told Newsmen in Maiduguri on January 8 that the altercation happened on Saturday.
He went on to say that the battle came after a string of fierce assaults on the ISWAP strongholds by Boko Haram fighters under the supervision of five of the organization’s commanders, most notably Abu Umaimah.
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Boko Haram also took a considerable quantity of weaponry from the ISWAP fighters during the attacks, which started in the island of Toumbun Gini in Lake Chad.
In recent weeks, Boko Haram had also inflicted significant deaths on ISWAP camps in the Sambisa forest and the Lake Chad region, prompting ISWAP to use a defensive approach in its battles with Boko.
According to a second trustworthy source, high-profile ISWAP commanders met at Tumbun Murhu to discuss the group’s inability to carry out significant operations over the Yuletide as originally planned after Boko Haram’s sustained attacks.
The reports claim that the incapability was brought on by the conflicts and Boko Haram attacks on its camps.
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The two sources added, “ISWAP has now resolved to carry out a series of attacks on Boko Haram strongholds in the Lake Chad and Sambisa forest axis.”
However, due to the recent removal of the Theater Commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, in a recent mass transfer of officers by the Nigerian Army authorities, Newsmen were unable to immediately acquire comments from the Operation Hadin Kai Theater Command.
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