Boko Haram occupies ISWAP bases in Borno, 11 commanders flee


Boko Haram has seized the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) operational bases with the fleeing of 11 commanders and cleric in the Lake Chad region of Borno State.

The seized bases of the terror group are in Abadam Local Council.

A counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, disclosed, yesterday, in Maiduguri that the seizure of the ISWAP bases forced 11 commanders to flee along with ISWAP cleric, Abu Moussab al-Barnawi.

“The seizure, led by Boko Haram leader, Abu Umaimah, and some commanders also led to the killing of about 100 ISWAP terrorists,” he said.

A military source in Maiduguri also said: “The violent clashes commenced on December 31, 2022, after the Boko Haram faction attacked three armoury bases of ISWAP at Toumbum Allura Kurnawa and Kangar in Abadam Local Council.”

It was gathered that the ISWAP terrorists were overpowered during the 14-hour gunbattle.

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On January 2, 2023, the Amir Jaysh of Boko Haram, Ali Ngulde, led five Khaids comprising Muke from Mandara Mountains, Ali Ghana from Ngauri, Abbah Tukur from Mantari and Maimusari.

Makama said that Abu Isa joined them to attack ISWAP, destroying gun trucks and other weapons.