According to counter-insurgency expert Zagazola Makama, over 60 fighters from Boko Haram and ISWAP were reportedly killed in a recent clash in Borno State.
The confrontation, which occurred at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA around 2pm, resulted in heavy fighting leading to the deaths of commanders from both groups.
Makama, sharing this information on a social media platform, mentioned significant casualties on both sides, suggesting the death toll might surpass 60 as the conflict persisted.
He further explained that this attack was a response to the significant loss of ISWAP fighters by the Buduma faction within Boko Haram, which had taken control of many of their hideouts.
“Reports indicated that a heavy fight broke out between the two groups at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA at about 1400hours” he said.
“Scores of fighters from the Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihd, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, terrorists, including their commanders were killed during an infighting in the North East of Borno State”.
“Intelligence sources disclosed that 6 boats belonging to the Bakura Buduma faction and four JAS elements boats, all full with fighters were destroyed.
“The sources said the casualties on both sides could be more than 60 as the infighting continued.”
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