Boko Haram and ISWAP Fighters last week clashed at Gargaj Village in Bama LGA, Borno State, NorthEast Nigeria, resulting in the death of a notorious Boko Haram commander Elhaj Ousman.
News Central gathered that several Boko Haram fighters sustained severe injuries during the encounter.
This is coming two months after Top ISWAP Commander Abou Sadiqou Buorubouru was confirmed killed following a clash between Islamic State fighters and Boko Haram insurgents in Lake Chad.
During the encounter, Boko Haram insurgents destroyed four gun trucks belonging to ISWAP.
In early January 2022, not less than 200 fighters were killed as the Sani Shurama-led ISWAP fighters and Boko Haram insurgents under the Bakoura faction clashed in Sambisa forest, Borno State.
This was after multiple casualties were recorded on December 7, 2021, following an intense clash between fighters of ISWAP and Boko Haram loyal to the Bakoura faction in Lake Chad, Borno State.
It would be recalled that on October 30, the heavily armed Bakoura-led Buduma fighters from Chad and Niger Republic infiltrated Loko Lybie village, Lake Chad islands, in about 30 canoes.
It is believed that their arrival at the Lake Chad Basin is connected with the ongoing supremacy battle between the Bakoura-led Buduma fighters and ISWAP. The two insurgent groups equally clashed in September 2021, around the same region, leaving scores dead.
Meanwhile, Ansaru, a Boko Haram faction, is said to have begun “extensive recruitment” of residents in communities in Birnin Gwari LGA, Kaduna State, North-west, Nigeria.
Sources say the insurgents invaded Damari, Farin Ruwa, Kwasa Kwasa, Kuyello, Gobirawa, Tabanni, Kutemeshi and Kazage villages in a bid to conduct the recruitment of locals into their sect under the guise of celebrating Sallah with them.
The insurgents distributed Eid gifts; biscuits to them and also performed motorcycle stunts to entertain the villagers.
In an attempt to encourage villagers to join them, it was said that they issued a five-page pamphlet titled ‘We are not Boko Haram but Ansaru,’ flash CDs, and other materials about its actions.