Again, Boko Haram, ISWAP clash; Shekau’s successor wreaks havoc on rivals

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In the endless rivalry between Boko Haram and ISWAP that saw Shekau Abubakar and other top commanders, including     Abu Dogo Daawa, dead, a revenge mission by the home-grown terrorists has yielded maximum casualties.

The recent assault by Boko Hram on ISWAP took place in the Lake Chad region, ISWAP’s territory, and was By Bakoura Buduma who succeeded Shekau.

With the appointment of Bakoura Salaba and Bakoura Doro as new commanders at Toumboun Gajimi,  Buduma now, from his strait in Sambisa, is on to subduing the rivals in the Lake Chad area.

According to PRNigeria, Buduma gathered his fighters from Lelewa, Duwa, Wallal and Hauwa Bulumwa villages close to Niger Republic, and then fell on ISWAP.

The attack launched at night covered Kaduna Ruwa and Kaiga, where they killed many of ISWAP fighters, and seized their weapons.

“Boko Haram dislodged and dominated Tumbun Ali, Kaduna Ruwa, Marda and Kahuram, all major ISWAP camps, killing scores of high-valued fighters, commanders and bodyguards. Many were seriously injured,” PRNigeria quoted an officer.

Following the death of Shekau, ISWAP, under their late leader Al Barnawi, took over Sambisa, dislodged Boko Haram, and drafted i some of Shekau’s commanders.

Analysts have predicted territoriality will become a major source of frequent friction between the terrorist groups.