To Revenge Leaked Information, ISWAP Kills 2 Locals, Abducts Traditional Rulers

No less than two people have been killed and six others abducted including two traditional rulers in a raid by terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the northern part of Borno State.

The terror group has been on a rampage in the last week in Damboa Local Government Area of the state.

A source told Daily Trust that the fighters came back to the village and took away people as revenge for alleged leaking of their movement in the area to Nigerian troops.

On Thursday, ISWAP attacked the remote village of Burum, 20 kilometres along Damboa/ Biu highway, where two traditional rulers were forcefully taken away after troops had killed an unspecified number of ISWAP in an ambush last Thursday in the area.

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“They forcefully took two traditional rulers (Wakinlin Lawan and Bulama of Burum village), the representatives who stood in for Ward Head and Village Head respectively. Since their abduction, we haven’t heard of their whereabouts.

“They blamed the villagers for leaking information to the troops who had earlier ambushed and killed an unspecified number of ISWAP fighters in the general area.

“It is four days now, we are seriously worried about their safety and this ugly development. We are begging the government to intervene,” the source said.

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Similarly, the fighters of ISWAP attacked two villages on Sunday night where two persons were shot dead and others sustained various degrees of injuries in Damboa villages.

A member of a vigilante group revealed that five persons were abducted by the invaders in the wee of the night.

“In Mugule village, one was killed, three abducted and one other sustained a gunshot wound in the abdomen on Sunday night.

“Also, in another Azir village, one person was killed, one wounded and two equally taken by the attackers two days ago,” a vigilante source revealed.

Meanwhile, the Boko Haram Commander in charge of Sambisa and Gwoza axis, Ali Gana Alhaji Ali, has been reportedly killed by ISWAP fighters on Gwoza hill, Gwoza LGA of Borno State.


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