JUST IN: 60 killed as Boko Haram, ISWAP fighters engage in gun duel
Fighters of the Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), have been reportedly killed in a fresh fight in Borno State.
The latest development was disclosed on Saturday by a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama in a post on his official X handle.
He claimed that the casualties on both sides could be more than 60 as the infighting continued.
According to him, a heavy fight erupted between the two groups at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA at about 1400hours, with the commanders of the warring groups killed.
He said the attack was in retaliation of the massive killing of ISWAP fighters by the Buduma factions that had taken control most of their hideouts.
He wrote, “Scores of fighters from the Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihd, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, terrorists, including their commanders were killed during an infighting in the North East of Borno State.
“Reports indicated that a heavy fight broke out between the two groups at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA at about 1400hours.
“Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region that 6 boats belonging to the Bakura Buduma faction and four JAS elements boats, all full with fighters were destroyed.
“The sources said the casualties on both sides could be more than 60 as the infighting continued.