LETTER: ISWAP ‘Invites’ Boko Haram to Gunfight in Sambisa Forest — Observers Spot Inaccuracies

Boko Haram jihadists have been invited by their breakaway factional fighters in Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), to a fight in Sambisa Forest.

Zagazola Makama, a counterinsurgency and security expert in Lake Chad region, said he received an “exclusive letter written by ISWAP group to the Boko Haram faction of Abubakar Shekau…”

“We warned you about what you are doing; from killing, destroying people’s properties, and abusing the courses of our Jihad,” ISWAP wrote in the letter, according to Zagazola.

He said the ISWAP also accused the Boko Haram group of misleading the people, spreading falsehood, withholding the truths, corruption and raping of women in the name of worshipping God.

The terror group wrote: “Beware, beware, get ready, we will follow you for leading our people astray. And the attack will be on this date: 57/Rabi Al-Awwal/9448 AH corresponding to 94/August/5252 AD.”

The Boko Haram faction already accepted the Challenge, Zagazola tweeted.

“The battle took place in Gaizuwa with many killed on both sides.

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Both groups are warming up for the next battle. Time and Venue unannounced,” Zagazola added.


Observers, however, challenged the content and accuracy of the letter, saying it was faked.

They argued, among other points, about the Islamic date cited in the letter. According to some observers who commented on Zagazola’s post, the 27th of Rabi al-Awwal 1445H, corresponds to August 14, five days ago.

“Firstly, Rabi al-Awwal is like a month from now, and August 14 was in Muharram. I / S WAP has claimed several attacks in the last month, and the date was correct, Muharram,” Zagazola cited one of the critiques.

He insisted both groups wrote the letters.


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