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Troops Battle ISWAP Terrorists In Maiduguri, Scores Reportedly Killed


Fighters suspected to be members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) are currently in a fierce battle with troops of the Nigerian Army at a military base in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

Findings gathered that the ISWAP fighters in a long convoy were seen along Ngude axis moving towards Askira town in the early morning of Saturday.

Residents were said to have reported the movement of the terrorists to security forces but no action was taken before the deadly group stormed Askira town hours later.

Confirming the attacks, Engr Abdullahi Musa Askira, Deputy Speaker of Borno House Assembly disclosed that the insurgents and troops are currently in a fierce battle.

“Yes, ISWAP is currently attacking Askira town. I was reliably informed that our troops are fighting them, but the residents are in the bush.

“My people told me that the insurgents came with about 16 gun trucks and there is confusion in the whole town now,” Askira said.

A member of civilians JTF, Yakubu Luka, said immediately the attackers stormed the town, they went to the military base.

“We are expecting a reinforcement from the nearby community, as I am speaking with you heavy gunfire is ongoing.”

“We are appealing to the authorities to send fighter jets to support the ground soldiers. We are outnumbered; we only have five gun trucks with us,” Yakubu said.

It was gathered that scores were reportedly killed but as at the time of filing the report, there was no statement from the military or security agencies.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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