Several gun trucks carrying militants from the Islamic State-backed Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihd, invaded Shallangba near Debiro in the Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State on Monday.
The insurgents reportedly stormed the community with heavy gunfire after overwhelming the local hunters.
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Residents were forced to flee for their lives and remain indoors as the shelling continued, according to a military source.
ISWAP has been consolidating its grip in areas around Lake Chad since the death of JAS leader Abubakar Shekau.
Wali Sani Shuwaram, 45, was recently appointed as the new Leader (Wali) of ISWAP in Lake Chad.
Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters have defected to Shekau, increasing the sect’s membership.
The Nigerian Army has claimed that the insurgency has been largely defeated on numerous occasions, while downplaying any losses.
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The terror group has killed over 50,000 people and displaced millions of people, mostly in the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.