Scores of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have been killed during a fierce battle between the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Confirming the report, Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima said the incident, which took place in a border area between Nigeria and the Niger Republic was disclosed by Al Thabat, an al-Qaida affiliated media outfit.
He said the Al Thabat, in a statement, said Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad, commonly known as Boko Haram, killed Islamic State West Africa Province insurgents in the village of Sunawa on the Nigeria-Niger border.
Yerima said the battle occurred after ISWAP abducted dozens of women linked to Boko Haram and the group subsequently attacked the ISWAP base and rescued the women.
It will be recalled that ISWAP broke off from the Shekau-led Boko Haram in 2016, and since then, bitter war of attrition and violent confrontations between both factions have been recurrent.
He said this incident had once again exposed the disorganized and disoriented nature of these criminals.
Yerima also stated that the Nigerian Army in recent operations under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, had continued to dismantle all logistics and operational bases of the insurgents along the Lake Chad Basin axis and Sambisa forest area.
He said the troops in one of its operations along Sambisa forest discovered and destroyed Abubakar Shekau’s farm and rescued abducted victims.
Yerima reassured Nigerians of the determination of troops to clear the remnants of the terrorists out of the Nigerian territory.