Boko Haram terrorist organization, officially known as Jama’tu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (JAS), at the weekend ambushed a jihadist faction, ISWAP, around Gabara/Galta hideouts close to Mandara mountains of Lake Chad axis.
POLITICS NIGERIA learnt that Boko Haram destroyed four Islamic State West Africa Province or ISWAP’s guntrucks with Russian Dushka and Browning Machine Guns (BMGs). ISWAP Commander Abou Sadiquo Buorubouru was confirmed to have been killed in the ambush.
ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016 and rose to become the dominant jihadist group, focusing on attacking military bases and ambushing troops.
The two factions turned staunch enemies since the split and regularly fight for dominance.
Since Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau’s death in May 2021 following infighting with ISWAP militants in his Sambisa forest enclave, ISWAP has been fighting Boko Haram remnants who have refused to pay allegiance to it to consolidate its grip in the northeast region of Nigeria.
More than two million people have been displaced by Nigeria’s conflict since it began in 2009, and the violence has spread over the borders to Niger, Chad and Cameroon.