No fewer than twenty-four fighters of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) have been reportedly killed by Boko Haram terrorists in a recent clash.
Naija News learnt that the the two terrorist groups engaged each other in a gun duel during the weekend in Gwoza axis of Borno State.
Reports made available to newsmen on Sunday by a seasoned intelligence source, revealed that a group of terrorists affiliated to Boko Haram on Friday neutralized at least 24 ISWAP fighters at Mandra and Gaba Mountains in the Gwoza axis.
Naija News understands that a faction of Boko Haram terrorists, under the control of one Commander Aliyu Ngulde, exchanged fire with ISWAP fighters led by one Abou Aseeya, at the mountainous axis. It was further revealed that many members of the ISWAP fighters were captured alive by the rival dreaded group.
Sources who disclosed the incident and pleaded anonymity said the duel between the two terrorist organisations was a reprisal attack, fueled by an onslaught ISWAP elements had earlier launched at Boko Haram members in recent weeks.
Subsequently, ISWAP fighters on Saturday evening returned to Damboa town in an attempt to launch a reprisal attack, but their mission was thwarted by Troops of the Nigerian military.
The insurgents according to reports, stormed the Borno town in a convoy of gun trucks on Saturday.
“The camp is where hundreds of repentant Boko Haram members have been staying since they renounced terrorism,” the source said.
However, he added that troops who were swiftly deployed after a distress call engaged the ISWAP fighters.
“Though the terrorists were repelled, and their mission thwarted after a brutal gunfire, I cannot give the actual number of casualties they could have suffered,” said the intelligence officer.