Many Killed As ISWAP And Boko Haram Fighters Clash In Sambisa Forest

Fighters of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have clashed with Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa forest in Borno State, leaving many people dead. Popular counter-insurgent expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama, confirmed this on his page on Thursday, noting that the two terrorist groups clashed against each other on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

He said the two fighters, ISWAP and Boko Haram including their women and children, were killed in the clash. It was gathered that the ISWAP terrorists invaded the hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest in Borno State, killing members of the rival group and their families.

“They killed all the women and their children. Even little babies were not spared. The dead bodies is more than 100. There are many of them. The dead bodies were scattered all over the place as we speak,” popular counter-insurgent expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama stated.

It was further noted that only a few Boko Haram members escaped while the invaders looted their belongings, including motorbikes, bicycles, Boko Haram’s hamlet and guns. After which they fled the site.

It could be recalled that Boko Haram carried out a similar attack on December 22, 2022, killing about 33 wives of ISWAP fighters in order to avenge the deaths of their fighters, including a notable Boko Haram commander, Malam Abubakar Munzir.

However, a pastor who was kidnapped by Fulani bandits have disclosed that after collecting N5m from him, the bandits also requested for cartons of milk, malt and cigarettes from him, which he gave to them before they finally released him.

Pastor Omotosho Oluwatobi Innocent, from Iwo in Kwara state, recently shared his harrowing experience of being kidnapped in an interview with BBC Yoruba. He described the events of that fateful day, recounting how he had just finished a vigil program and was accompanying some church members to their homes when he heard gunshots.

Suddenly, armed gunmen approached him and the manager of a nearby filling station. They forcefully took them into a vehicle and drove off. The kidnappers then transported them to a secluded forest, demanding a ransom of thirty million naira. Through negotiation, the ransom was eventually reduced to five million naira. In addition to the money, they handed over cartons of milk, malt, and cigarettes.

The pastor advised his people not to involve the police during the ransom delivery, fearing that it would provoke the kidnappers and jeopardize their lives. He explained that the forest was deeply secluded, making it difficult for law enforcement to trace their location. Finally, Pastor Omotosho Oluwatobi Innocent mentioned that during his captivity, they were subjected to severe beatings until he pleaded with one of the kidnappers to stop. The kidnappers predominantly spoke Hausa, except for one who understood Yoruba.

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