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Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists attack Nigerian police, kill 4 cops



Late Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau believed to be killed by ISWAP militants in May 2021

Terrorists suspected to belong to the Boko Haram or Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have attacked a police quarter at Gajiram Town in Nganzai Local Government Area in Borno State.

This was disclosed in a police force “situation report” dated Saturday, February 3, 2024, issued by AC Sid of the Borno State Command, and cited by Diaspora Digital Media (DDM) entitled “Act of terrorism”.

The attackers killed four officers on the spot in the process while one police Sergeant, Ya’u Ahmed, was believed to have been kidnapped by the assailants.

According to the report, the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist attacked the police facility, firing sporadically and sending everyone scampering for safety.

The situation report reads:

“Report received from SUPOL Nganzai Div that on 2/02/2024 at about 2313hrs, Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist attacked police quarters at Gajiram Town in Nganzai LGA firing sporadically.

“As a result, 4 policemen died on the spot, 2 inspectors, 2 constables; one Sgt Ya’u Ahmed missing in action.

“Corpses evacuated to Military Hospital, Nganzai.

“Update follows pls.”

Boko Haram is a militant Islamist group that operates in Nigeria and its neighbouring countries.

It was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf and aims to overthrow the Nigerian government and establish an Islamic emirate.

Boko Haram has carried out numerous attacks, kidnappings, and killings, and has been designated as a terrorist organization by many countries and groups.

Since it began its militant operations, it has displaced over two million people, rendering most homeless or refugees.

Its victims are sheltered in multiple Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps scattered in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

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On its part, ISWAP is a militant group and administrative division of the Islamic State (IS), a Salafi jihadist militant group and unrecognised quasi-state.

ISWAP is primarily active in the Chad Basin and fights an extensive insurgency against the states of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Turkey.

It is an offshoot of Boko Haram, a rival jihadist rebel group in Nigeria, with which it has a violent rivalry.

ISWAP has carried out numerous attacks in Nigeria, since its formation in 2015, targeting military bases, civilians, schools, aid workers, and towns.

Some of the most notable attacks include the abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, in February 2018.

It also masterminded the kidnapping of three aid workers during an attack that killed dozens of other people in Rann, Borno State, in March 2018.

ISWAP claimed responsibility for the attack on an army base in Metele, Borno State, in November 2018, that saw over 100 Nigerian soldiers killed.

It also took responsibility for the capture of the commercial town of Baga, Borno State, and a nearby Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) base in December 2018.

In May 2021, the militants invaded Sambisa Forest in Borno State, which resulted in the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

ISWAP poses a serious threat to Nigeria’s national interests, as it challenges the authority and legitimacy of the Nigerian government.

It undermines the security and stability of the country and the region and exploits the grievances and vulnerabilities of the local population.

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