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Troops neutralize scores of ISWAP terrorists in Yobe

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Troops neutralize scores of ISWAP terrorists in Yobe

By Njadvara MUSA, Maiduguri

Troops of 27 Task Force Battalion, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have neutralized an unspecified number of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Wulle village in Sasawa Forest of Yobe state.

The insurgents were killed on Saturday while converging in the village in gun trucks and motorcycles to launch an attack on the nearest military post.

Confirming the incident yesterday (Monday), in Maiduguri, a counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, disclosed that acting on intelligence, the troops fired several artillery at the terrorists.

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According to him, the superior firepower of soldiers resulted in the killing of dozens of terrorists in their village hideout in the forest.

He added that the surviving insurgents, however, returned to the village on six motorcycles to evacuate the bodies of their colleagues for burial on Sunday.

In Borno state, ISWAP however killed a Civilian JTF and injured four others in Benisheikh Township, the headquarters of Kaga Council in the state.

Benisheikh, 72 kilometers west of Maiduguri, was severely attacked by Boko Haram between 2014 and 2016, torching health centers, schools, and houses.

Makama told The Guardian that the terrorists sneaked into the town on motorcycles in the early hours of Sunday.

Besides the killing of the Civilian JTF, he added that the terrorists engaged security personnel in fierce gun battle that lasted for over an hour.

He added that the terrorists overpowered the security men, killing one of them and setting four patrol vehicles ablaze.

“The insurgents also retreated and fled on sighting a reinforcement team of the Nigerian Army from the Ngamdu military formation.

According to him, there was an alarm raised about the terrorists’ planned attacks on soft targets across the country between September and October 2022.

He noted that already, they had already claimed attacks in Delta, Kogi, and Kano states in the last two weeks.

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