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Boko Haram killed 35 ISWAP terrorists in latest rival clashes, destroy two enclaves

By Zagazola Makama

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The  Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād terrorists group have dislodged the  Islamic and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), in two of its strongholds in the North East of Lake Chad, after killing atleast 35 Jihadist.

The sustained intensified attacks in the rival camps was spearheaded by the Boko Haram Leader, ABU UMAIMAH or BAKOURA DORO in company of  four Commanders and several other fighters.

The attack which began  in the  North of Kayowa and, Toumbun Gini, in the North East of Lake Chad,  led killing of the 35 ISWAP fighters while many others were injured.  

Intelligence Sources told Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad that the ruthless Boko Haram Leader also seize large number of weapons from the  ISWAP terrorist, as they withdraw from their camps.

The sources said that a major market of the ISWAP at Toumbun Gini,  had been captured by the JAS elements who are currently in the location. 

Zagazola Understand that the fleeing terrorists were pursued by the  rival faction towards the south of Kangarwa and Dogon Chuku in Baga LGA.

The Boko Haram terrorists had within the past weeks, inflicted heavy casualties in the camps of ISWAP in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region, forcing ISWAP to take defensive positions.

On Dec. 31, attacks between rival factions of ISWAP and JAS that lasted 14hours at Toumbum Allura and Kangar areas, had led to the killing of scores fighters. 

He explained that the sustained attacks force the ISWAP fighters to held a meeting 

at Tumbun Murhu with 

high profile ISWAP leaders comprising,  Abubakar Chad, Bashir Ukasha and Abul Kaka- Alias Sa’ad in attendance. 

According to the sources, Major issues discussed during the meeting was the inability of their organisation to carry out major attacks during the Yuletide season as ealier planned which was attributed to the clashes and attacks on its camps by the Boko Haram factions. 

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“The terrorists finally resolved to carry out series of attacks against the Boko Haram positions in the coming days in the Lake Chad axis and Gaizuwa, in Sambisa forest.

“The ISWAP are also seeking the support of foreign ISIS mercenaries from Mali, Burkina Faso and Somalia to lend them a helping hand in order to defeat the Boko Haram whom they considered as their immediate latest enemies,”said the sources.

Recalled that the Boko Haram fighters have directed it men to be determined and show courage in sustaining its fight against ISWAP while the ISWAP group vowed to fight more with the JAS faction than the security forces.

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