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  • News - North East - Borno
  • Updated: January 05, 2024

Insecurity: Military airstrikes eliminate ISWAP leader, kill scores of fighters

Insecurity: Military airstrikes eliminate ISWAP leader, kill

During a significant attack in the northeast of Borno, the Nigerian military reportedly eliminated the Nigerian leader of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Ba'a Shuwa and hundreds of his men.

This was revealed on Friday by Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, in a statement. 

Zagazola identified Ba'a Shuwa as the ISWAP Leader of the Nigerian Wylayat, Lake Chad, Kwalfarji, Timbuktu Farouq, and Sambisa Mantika of ISWAP.

According to him, Shuwa was appointed in 2021 after Abubakar Shekau committed suicide, and he controlled terrorists in Chiralia, Markas Kauwa, Abirma, Buk, Abulam, Dusula, Abbagajiri, Gorgore, and many more camps along the Timbuktu and Alagarno axis in southern Borno.

The security expert disclosed that the destructive airstrikes carried out on January 2, 2024, at Kwatan Dilla in Abadam LGA of Borno State resulted in the death of Ba'a Shuwa and dozens of his fighters.

He went on to say that the exploitation following the operation showed footage of scores neutralising hostile elements and equipment.

Zagazola also listed Khaid Hanzala, Ba'a Idirisa, Rawana, Abou Ibrahim, Mallam Abubakar, Abou Aisha, and Abou Khalid, who were responsible for the latest attack on the electricity towers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.

Ba'a Shuwa and his terrorist cells are primarily responsible for attacks, ambushes, and IED/mines on Damboa highways, Damaturu-Maiduguri, Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gaidam, and other parts of Borno and Yobe states. 

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