The fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have killed at least 200 Boko Haram members including their family during a rival clash in Gudumbali area of Borno State.
A military source told Zagazola Makama, a counter insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, that the attack led to the dislodgement of hundreds of the Boko Haram fighters.
It was reported that the Boko Haram terrorists fled towards the Mandara Mountains in the Gwoza axis to seek refuge. Others fled towards Konduga, Mafa and Dikwa, Gajiram, and the Lake Chad shores.
Some of the surviving Boko Haram leaders who escaped include; Abbah Tukur, the Khaid of Mantari and Maimusari; Abu Isa, Khaid of Ngauri; Alhaji Ali Hajja Fusami, the newly appointed Khaid of Garin, Abu Ikliima and Abu Ali among others.
The ISWAP fighters, according to Zagazola, immediately mobilized more fighters to go after the fleeing Boko Haram, who were later intercepted at the Choliye village, where at least 200 died in a gun duel.
“Some of the fighters escaped to the camp of Bakura Wulgo, aka Abou Oumaymah, in the axis of Marte and Krenowa while others ran to the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza to seek refuge and protection from Ali Ngulde,” said Zagazola.
Similarly, the analyst reported that at least 1,250 members of the fleeing Boko Haram fighters and families have surrendered to Nigerian troops in the last seven days following the clash.
The militants feared they could be neutralised by either by military airstrike or their rival jihadists.
He said: “So far, we have received 1,250 fighters and their families within one week. This number was the highest we have received at a very short period of time in different parts of the theatre.
The security analyst added that the surrendered suspects also came out with about 1,000 livestock, and confessed that the ISWAP were after their lives as they do not spear women and children. Idrus time, the surrendered fighters will be handed over to the appropriate agencies for further rehabilitation, he added.