Boko Haram At Fresh Battle In Borno

Last updated on September 20th, 2020 at 08:53 pm | This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.

Boko Haram and Nigerian Army At Fresh Battle In Borno

Brief about Boko Haram 

Referred to by themselves as Wilāyat Gharb IfrÄ«qÄ«yyah ‎(Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP) and Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād “Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad”), is an Islamic extremist group based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. The group’s leader is Abubakar Shekau. The group had alleged links to al-Qaeda, but in March 2015, it announced its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Since the current insurgency started in 2009, it has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes.

After its founding in 2002, Boko Haram’s increasing radicalization led to a violent uprising in July 2009 in which its leader was summarily executed. Its unexpected resurgence, following a mass prison break in September 2010, was accompanied by increasingly sophisticated attacks, initially against soft targets, and progressing in 2011 to include suicide bombings of police buildings and the United Nations office in Abuja. The government’s establishment of a state of emergency at the beginning of 2012, extended in the following year to cover the entire northeast of Nigeria, led to an increase in both security force cases of abuse and militant attacks.

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Of the 2.3 million people displaced by the conflict since May 2013, at least, 250,000 have left Nigeria and fled into Cameroon, Chad or Niger. Boko Haram killed over 6,600 in 2014.The group have carried out mass abductions including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014. Corruption in the security services and human rights abuses committed by them have hampered efforts to counter the unrest.

In mid-2014, the militants gained control of swathes of territory in and around their home state of Borno, estimated at 50,000 square kilometres (20,000 qs mi) in January 2015, but did not capture the state capital, Maiduguri, where the group was originally based. In September 2015, the Director of Information at the Defence Headquarters of Nigeria announced that all Boko Haram camps had been destroyed.

Boko Haram, referred to by themselves as Wilāyat Gharb IfrÄ«qÄ«yyah ‎, (Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP), and Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād “Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad”), is an Islamic extremist group based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. The group’s leader is. The group had alleged links to al-Qaeda, but in March 2015, it announced its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Since the current insurgency started in 2009, it has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes.

After its founding in 2002, Boko Haram’s increasing radicalization led to a violent uprising in July 2009 in which its leader was summarily executed. Its unexpected resurgence, following a mass prison break in September 2010, was accompanied by increasingly sophisticated attacks, initially against soft targets, and progressing in 2011 to include suicide bombings of police buildings and the United Nations office in Abuja. The government’s establishment of a state of emergency at the beginning of 2012, extended in the following year to cover the entire northeast of Nigeria, led to an increase in both security force cases of abuse and militant attacks.

Of the 2.3 million people displaced by the conflict since May 2013, at least, 250,000 have left Nigeria and fled into Cameroon, Chad or Niger.Boko Haram killed over 6,600 in 2014.The group have carried out mass abductions including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014. Corruption in the security services and human rights abuses committed by them have hampered efforts to counter the unrest.

In mid-2014, the militants gained control of swathes of territory in and around their home state of Borno, estimated at 50,000 square kilometres (20,000 sq m) in January 2015, but did not capture the state capital, Maiduguri, where the group was originally based. In September 2015. The Director of Information at the Defence Headquarters of Nigeria announced that all Boko Haram camps had been destroyed.

Brief about Boko Haram Boko Haram and Army at fresh battle in Borno State

Today Boko Haram heavy fighting going on at the strategic Bita town near Gwoza in Borno state between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Military.

The fight which started last night when insurgents in an attempt to capture Gwoza attacked a military facility at Bita where they met a stiff resistance from the army, went on throughout Monday night and continued Tuesday morning.

The fight was said to have forced the military to deploy fighter jets from Yola to support ground troops who were being overwhelmed.

A source close to the ongoing war said the quick response by the jets was a big relief to the troops.

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Gwoza is one of the Borno towns recaptured from the militants, and some of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the area returned there recently on the assurance that normalcy has been restored to the area.

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