21 dead as Boko Haram, ISWAP fighters clash in Borno

21 dead as Boko Haram, ISWAP fighters clash in Borno

About 21 insurgents have been reportedly killed when Boko Haram fighters clashed with members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of the terrorists.


A counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, disclosed this in a series of tweets on Friday.


The rival groups have been attacking communities in the North-East region since both camps fell apart over leadership issues.


The groups have also since been having clashes, and Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, was reportedly killed during one of such clashes in 2021.



Boko Haram


According to Makama, ISWAP terrorists on five gun trucks and motorcycles attacked Boko Haram’s acclaimed Caliphate in Gazuwa village on Thursday, June 30.



The caliphate formerly known; as Gabchari, Mantari and Mallum Masari, is located about nine kilometres from Bama Local Government Area of the State.



The counter-insurgency expert added that the attack triggered a fierce gunbattle between the terror groups; which lasted for about three hours.



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According to him, the Boko Haram faction later overpowered ISWAP, and killed 18 of them; recovered three of their trucks, while other terrorists on two trucks and motorcycles took to their heels



Three Boko Haram terrorists were also killed while many others were injured in the coordinated attack, Makama added.



Meanwhile, Ebonyi State Police Command has raided a camp suspected to belong to an armed gang of hoodlums in the state; killing one of them during a gun duel.



The Command Police Public Relations Officer, Chris Anyanwu, stated this in a statement, Friday night, in Abakaliki.



According to him, personnel of the command stormed the camp located at Oriuzor village; in the Ezza North Local Government Area of the state, on Thursday, following a tip-off.



He alleged the camp belonged to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network.

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