In a rather unfortunate turn of events, it seems like the aquatic life in Borno State just got some unexpected visitors. Reports have surfaced that a whopping 82 Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and their families met their watery demise in a river near Damasak. These individuals, hailing from the Lake Chad region, were attempting a desperate escape to Niger Republic. However, their plans were swiftly sunk between June 2 and June 3, 2023, as they tried to cross the river.
According to credible sources, including Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad area, the ill-fated incidents took place in various communities such as Bulama Modori, Kaneram, Dogomolu, and Jokka. The river, stretching from Komadougou Yobe into Lake Chad through Niger, became an unfortunate graveyard for the fleeing terrorists and their families.
It appears that these desperate attempts to escape were fueled by their fear of being eliminated on the battlefield, as news of a military operation in the area reached their ears. Alas, their efforts to evade capture met a tragic end in the depths of the river.
In a separate development, it seems that the terrorists weren’t just content with swimming escapades. At a firm base in Arege, Malam Fatori, Abadam local government area, ISWAP terrorists launched an attack on troops using a Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED). Sadly, two soldiers lost their lives in this unexpected encounter.
The targeted troops, who were reinforcements for the task force of Sector 3 and Sector 4 Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) stationed in Gerere and Arege, found themselves under fire from the terrorists’ VBIED. Despite the initial shock, the brave soldiers managed to repel the attack, holding their ground and protecting their equipment. As for the number of terrorists killed, including the unfortunate suicide bomber, it remains unconfirmed at this time.
LEADERSHIP reports that the ISWAP terrorists have been stepping up their game, employing VBIEDs and mines to deter any incursions by the troops into their fortified enclaves. The situation on the ground remains tense as both sides engage in a battle of wits and firepower.
While the waters of the Borno River may have become an unexpected final resting place for these fleeing terrorists, the fight against ISWAP continues on land. The troops remain vigilant and determined to neutralize the threat posed by these extremists, ensuring the safety and security of the region.