In reprisal, Boko Haram killed 33 wives of ISWAP fighters – Insurgency expert

Irate fighters  of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād otherwise called Boko Haram , have reportedly  killed not less than  33 wives of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) fighters in Sambisa.

The deadly attack was to avenge the killing of its commander, Malam Aboubakar (Munzir) and 15 other fighters who were neutrialised in an infighting.

Blueprint gathered that since December 3(Saturday), a top Boko Haram leader in charge of Mandara Mountain, Ali Ngulde, had led hundreds of fighters armed with weapons from Mandara Mountain to wage war against the ISWAP in Sambisa Forest. 

It was further learnt that the attack began with a failed negotiation initiated by the Boko Haram terrorist group inviting its rival group(ISWAP) that they were ready to surrender  (mubayi’a) to IS/ISWAP leadership.

A counter insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama, disclosed this on his twitter handle Tuesday.

He said: “Unknown to the ISWA group, Ngulde and his team had staged an ambush against them in which at least 12 of them were killed in Yuwe while others escaped with bullet wounds.

“In the aftermath of the encounters, Boko Haram members seized  four Hilux trucks mounted with weapons belonging to their rivals and burnt another.

“Few hours later, a top ISWAP leader, Ba’ana Chingori, called for a declaration of war and led a column of fighters to carry out reprisal attacks on Boko Haram in Farisu. The attack paid off as the ISWAP  neutrialized 15 Boko Haram terrorists including a unit Commander, Malam Aboubakar (Munzir) and seized 7 motorcycles from them.

“The ISWAP group later retreated and took position at the camp of  Izzah. Thereafter, they moved to Garin Abbah, located about 2 kilometers where they pinned down to wait for the Boko Haram.

“But instead of going to meet the ISWAP rivals to continue the fight, the Boko-Haram elements did a detour and headed to where ISWAP wives are located and killed 33 of them. It will be seen in the coming days how ISWAP fighters will react to the brutal killing of their wives by the Boko Haram elements.”

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