Scores of Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province groups’ fighters have been reportedly killed during a renewed infighting in Borno on Saturday.
A counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, revealed that some field commanders from both groups were killed during a bloody clash at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA around 2 p.m. on Satuday.
Zagazola Makama said the clash was in retaliation for the massive killing of ISWAP fighters by the Bakura Buduma-led faction of Boko Haram after seizing most of their hideouts.
Zagazola Makama gathered from intelligence sources that six boats belonging to the Buduma’s faction and four boats filled with fighters were destroyed during the fight.
According to the sources, casualties on both sides “could be more than 60 as the infighting continued”.
Meanwhile, Niger Republic troops have killed several ISWAP fighters during a clash near Abadam Faransa along the River Komadugu in Lake Chad.
Zagazola Makama reported that Nigerien troops killed the fighters on Friday during a gun duel.
It said the troops have been concerned over recent havoc wreaked by the ISWAP fighters on their territory.
Intelligence sources told the publication that troops chased over 100 of the terrorists towards Tumbun Jaki and Tumbun Rago areas of Lake Chad.
But two of the Nigerien troopers were killed while few others were wounded in action.