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Bandits kill security personnel at Niger Rep. border; Troops eliminate dozens in retaliation; Boko Haram fighters kill ISWAP terrorists at Lake Chad region

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Nigerian troops eliminated dozens of armed bandits after the killing of 16 security personnel at a border area with Niger Republic.

In an intel sighted by PRNigeria, the security personnel killed at the remote border settlement in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State included men of the Nigerian military, police and the civil defence corps.

The security report states that: “On September 25, 2021, at about 0400hrs, armed bandits in very large numbers attacked the base of operation Hadarin Daji located at Burkusuma village in Sabon Birni LGA, a border village near the Niger Republic and shot dead 16 security personnel comprising 9 soldiers, 4 mobile policemen and three personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The intel could not confirm if the rifles of the security personnel were carted away by the bandits.

Meanwhile, PRNigeria gathered that the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, in conjunction with other security agencies eliminated scores of the bandits who attacked the base in retaliation.

In a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Sawyer, he identified the attackers as members of Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits in Sokoto State.

He said the terrorists were eliminated during a foiled attack on the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma,

“The aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North West region, had been a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP terrorists and bandits.”

Mr Sawyer stated that the attackers who came in large numbers using telecom networks provided from a neighbouring country capitalised on the lean rear area protection force.

This was when the main troops were out conducting offensive operations within their area of responsibility.’’

He disclosed that the troops recorded an undisclosed number of casualties during the encounter.

However, the swift reinforcement by own troops helped to counter the attack as many of the ISWAP fighters were eliminated, while some scrambled with various degrees of injuries.

Troops are currently in hot pursuit of the criminals to Bassira in Niger Republic,” he said.

In reprisal attacks, Boko Haram fighters kill dozens ISWAP terrorists at Lake Chad

Meanwhile, few days after insurgents of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) killed one Ameer Abubakar Dogo Daawa, a top Commander of Boko Haram, fighters of the later sect have launched brutal reprisal attacks at the ISWAP criminals in Lake Chad axis.

PRNigeria learnt that ISWAP jihadists, led by one Commander Modou Bashir Okocha had killed Dogo Daawa, a Boko Haram Commander under the late Shekau, in an ambush in Sambisa forest, recently.

Provoked by the killing of Daawa, Boko Haram fighters loyal to Bacoura Buduma launched a major reprisal attack against ISWAP, to avenge the death of their slain Commander, it was learnt.

Credible sources told PRNigeria that, with the appointment of Fiya Bakoura Salaba and Bakoura Doro as new Commanders at Toumboun Gajimi, the Bakoura Buduma-led Boko Haram faction is now out for major confrontations with ISWAP in the Lake Chad axis.

One of the sources said that the Boko Haram faction mobilised a large number of their fighters in the latest reprisal attacks on ISWAP.

The source said: The Boko Haram fighters congregated with their Commanders, Amirs and Khaid (Chiefs) in Lelewa, Duwa, Wallal and Hauwa Bulumwa villages in the axis of Niger Republic before attacking ISWAP major camps.

“The Boko Haram militants launched the attack from Kaduna Ruwa and Kaiga, where it massively eliminated ISWAP terrorists in a silent Operation and seized many of their arms and ammunition.

“At about 1900 hours, it dislodged and dominated Tumbun Ali, Kaduna Ruwa, Mardas and Kahuram, all major camps of ISWAP, killing large scores of high-valued fighters, commanders and their bodyguards, while many others were seriously injured,” said the source.

He added that the Boko Haram fighters were currently battling with the ISWAP elements at Kirta, and Wulgo communities in Marte local government of Borno State.

Stray Bullet at Military Formation in Borno Kills Soldier, Civilian

In another development, one soldier and a civilian have been killed in Borno State by a stray bullet, PRNigeria has learnt.

The soldier, and civilian, were killed when Boko Haram terrorists attack a military formation in Njimtilo, on Monday.

PRNigeria gathered that the terrorists sneaked close to the military formation metres to the Borno State University on foot, and began shooting sporadically.

“Troops of the Nigerian Army, who were taken unawares by the ambush, stood their grounds to repel the attack.

“Unfortunately, one civilian and a soldier lost their lives after they were hit by stray bullets,” a local source disclosed.

 

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