Jubilation As Nigerian Troops Overrun ISWAP, Kill 4

There was wild jubilation in Biu town Saturday evening following the defeat of suspected members of Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) by combined team of the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF), in an attack on Yamarkumi , a town 5km away from Biu town in southern part of Borno State.

In two separate videos obtained by our correspondent in Maiduguri, the residents were seen waving and hailing troops and members of the CJTF as they move through Biu township roundabout after their success against the insurgents in the Biu community.

A CJTF source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the insurgents came with about six-gun trucks around 4:05 pm

The source said: “We overpowered the terrorists group under 45 minutes.
It was the best outing in recent times, we killed more than four Boko Haram / ISWAP terrorists.”

Our correspondent reports that the attack occurred barely 20 hours after suspected Islamic State of West Africa Province attacked kautikari community near Chibok and killed three villagers , burnt down several houses.

Another source said the gunmen stormed Yamarkumi village shooting sporadically.

The source said the military had swiftly moved in to tackle the attackers adding that a fighter jet hovered over the demobilised gun truck belonging to the suspected ISWAP fighters.

The source added that the Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists who are based in Talala and Ajigin axis of Mandaragirau fled back towards the directions.

ISWAP had sustained attacks around Biu town since the attack on the Nigerian army institute of War in Buratai village. The insurgents had on Friday made a failed attack on Kautikari village which is also a few kilometres away from Biu.

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Biu town is the seat of the Nigeria Army University established about three years ago by the former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

It could be recalled that Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum had on Wednesday raised fresh concerns over increasing activities of Islamic State Of West Africa ( ISWAP ) terrorists especially, in the southern and core part of northern part of Borno State.

This is even as the Governor added that two local government areas of the State, Guzamala and Abadam are still controlled by the terrorists.

Zulum who disclosed this when a delegation of Senate Committee led by Senator Ali Ndume and Senator Lekon Balogun paid a courtesy call at his Council Chamber in Maiduguri, further said that ISWAP terrorists are having checkpoints in Damboa and Biu local government areas of the southern part of the state collecting taxes from communities.

The Governor noted that ISWAP terrorists are better equipped, more sophisticated and trained than the defunct Boko Haram terrorists led by late Abubakar Shekau hence he called on the Nigerian Military to be more decisive in dealing them.


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