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ISWAP Leaders Visit Victims Of Military Airstrikes, Give New Order To Terrorists

Following an intelligence-based coordinated attack on these terrorists, leaders of the terrorist group ISWAP paid visits to victims of military airstrikes at their den.

According to reports, Amir Ibn-Umar, Muhammed Dan-Fulani, Amir Doctor, and Malam Bashir were among those who paid the visit on Monday.

This comes just one day after the Nigerian military attacked ISWAP and its logistics collaborators.

The insurgents were neutralized at Daban Masara in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State last Sunday.

Intelligence sources told PRNigeria that the airstrike coordinated by the Air Task Force Command resulted in the killing of more than 20 ISWAP collaborators delivering some logistics items to ISWAP terrorists.

Daban Masara is located deep in the North of Lake Chad forest, about two-hour drive to Kukawa town.

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Speaking at the sympathy visit, Ibn-Umar said: “On behalf of Aba-Ibrahim the Wali, we are here to extend our sympathy to you over the sad incident that occurred on Sunday which led to the death of some of our own, as well as some fishermen.”

He blamed the attack on terrorists feeding the Nigerian military with information on their activities.

Ibn-Umar warned them to be careful and make sure they always hide under trees to evade air raids launched by military jets.

A top military intelligence officer disclosed that the military authority in Abuja would soon issue a statement on the success of the operations on the Lake Chad axis with footage.

The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) is a militant group and administrative division of the Islamic State (IS), a Salafi jihadist militant group and unrecognized proto-state. ISWAP is primarily active in the Chad Basin, and fights an extensive insurgency against the states of Nigeria, Cameroon,Chad, and Niger. It is an offshoot of Boko Haram with which it has a violent rivalry, killing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 2021.

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ISWAP is the umbrella organization for all IS factions in West Africa including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (IS-GS), although the actual ties between ISWAP and IS-GS are limited.

We reported that the commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, has been killed in Borno State, according to Daily Trust who learnt from multiple sources.

He was allegedly exterminated the last week of August of this year.

Al-Barnawi was the child of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf, who was assassinated by security forces in 2009 after launching a war against the Nigerian government.

During the insurgency, over 1000 people were killed.

The Islamic State (IS) militant organization named Al-Barnawi as the commander of its West African affiliate, Boko Haram, which had formerly been led by Abubakar Shekau.

After Mohammed Yusuf’s death, Shekau took over as the organization’s leader.

Shekau had pledged loyalty to IS in March 2015, and for the duration of his tyrannical rule that stretched all the way to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, he had killed thousands of people and wiped out plenty communities.

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His removal in 2016 signaled the emergence of the fairly young Al-Barnawi as ISWAP leader, as well as the division of the terrorist group into two factions.

It was revealed that ISIS chose Al-Barnawi as commander in the Lake Chad region in part to penalize Shekau, who allegedly “violated all known norms,” and in part to retain the trust of Boko Haram fighters dedicated to his father, Yusuf, in the face of opposition from other factional groups.

ISIS was also said to have coached Al-Barnawi for years prior to his ascension to power.

Aside from the financial and material support he received from ISIS, he controlled large swaths of territory in Northern Borno, imposed taxes on the local population, and earned a substantial income from fishing.

Al-Barnawi’s fighters also damaged many military super camps in Borno, including Dikwa, Monguno, Abadam, and Marte, as well as other military sites in the Geidam area of Yobe State.

He also developed multiple cells on Lake Chad’s islands and surrounding villages, from which his fighters launched attacks on Nigeria, Niger, and Chad.

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His death in August, following Shekau’s in May 2021, was seen as a watershed moment in the war against terror, even as security analysts had called for a continuous offensive aimed at decimating the two rival groups in order to achieve a lasting peace after twelve years of chaos and barbarity.

They stated that despite huge surrender of Boko Haram fighters, nothing should be taken for granted because many combatants still believe in the course they are on and could reclaim lost ground if given the slightest chance.

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