Boko Haram Seizes 60 ISWAP Fighters, 3 Commanders In Borno Power Struggle

A dramatic power struggle within the realm of terrorist factions has resulted in Boko Haram capturing a staggering 60 fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), including three high-ranking commanders.


This unprecedented development has left the nation grappling with the shifting dynamics within the extremist landscape.

Sources reveal that the intense confrontation unfolded in the Kukawa-Madayi-Kwatan/Mota region of Borno State, as reported by security analyst Zagazola Makama, who specializes in counter-insurgency matters around the Lake Chad area.

Makama took to his social media platform to share details of the clash, shedding light on the remarkable turn of events.

The ISWAP fighters, en route to Damasak, Borno, were seized by Boko Haram militants in a surprising display of force.

The captured commanders were identified as Abubakar Saddiq, Abou Maimuna, and Malam Idris, all of whom played significant roles within the ISWAP hierarchy.

Intriguingly, the Buduma faction of Boko Haram emerged as the dominant force in this recent confrontation, managing to subdue ISWAP and take control of its enclaves.

The capture of ISWAP members and leaders marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing power dynamics between these extremist groups.

The tension escalated on August 13, 2023, when Boko Haram factions intercepted the ISWAP militants, swiftly overpowering them and forcing them to retreat into more heavily fortified hideouts.

The captives, including the three commanders, were transported to an underground cell located near Dogon Chukwu, specifically within Kwatan Mota.

This underground confinement marked a grim fate for the ISWAP members, who were now held as Prisoners of War.

As the extremist landscape witnesses these profound shifts, another facet of the ongoing conflict has unfolded.

Over 78 Boko Haram terrorists and their families made a decisive surrender to the troops of Sector 3, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), in Monguno Local Council of Borno.

This surrender followed the successful dismantling of their camps in the Sambisa Forest, adding a layer of complexity to the ever-evolving scenario.

The turmoil within the ranks of these extremist groups continues to escalate. Makama’s disclosures reflect a grim reality, revealing a series of intense confrontations between Boko Haram and ISWAP, leading to significant casualties on both sides.

The conflict has transcended the groups’ boundaries, as they target not only each other but also innocent civilians, including women and children, caught in the crossfire.

As Borno witnesses this dangerous power struggle, the nation holds its breath, awaiting further developments and grappling with the implications of this unfolding narrative.

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