Report reaching us indicated that crisis has broken out between Boko Haram fighters and members of another Islamic terrorist group, known as Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP), leading to Boko Haram capturing and detaining of 60 ISWAP members, including three prominent commanders from the sect.
The identified commanders so detained, according to informed sources, are Abubakar Saddiq, Abou Maimuna and Malam Idris.
Zagazola Makama, a security analyst and counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, hinted that the ISWAP terrorists were apprehended while en route to Damasak in Borno State.
It was revealed that the Boko Haram Buduma factions, which recently gained an advantage over ISWAP, captured the majority of ISWAP’s camps and as a result, ISWAP members sought refuge in heavily fortified hideouts in the Kukawa, Madayi and Kwatan Mota areas.
“The Boko Haram Buduma Faction’s recent success against ISWAP was due to disaffected ISWAP fighters defecting to join forces with them,” Makama explained.
The captured ISWAP members were said to have been subsequently taken to an underground prison cell near Dogon Chukwu, specifically in KWATAN MOTA, where they are being held as Prisoners of War.
The clash between the terrorist groups was believed to have occurred on Monday during their ongoing supremacy battle.
In a separate development, reports indicate that an additional 78 Boko Haram terrorists and their family members have surrendered to troops of Sector 3 Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Operation Hadin Kai in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State.
Their surrender followed sustained military operations targeting their hideouts and the internal conflicts with ISWAP, which resulted in the deaths of over 100 terrorists from both sides within the past seven days.
Source: Neptune Prime