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ISWAP launches reprisal attack, abducts 3 in Borno

A day after 25 Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, insurgents fleeing sustained aerial onslaughts by Nigerian military jets got drowned in a river within Lake Chad axis, the terrorists have abducted three persons, in what appears to be a retaliation ‘attack’ at Mandaragirau Village.

Reports from Mandaragirau in Southern Borno indicates that they were abducted in the early hours of Saturday.

The three young men abducted are Yamta Usman, Hamidu Adamu Chiroma and Mustapha Adamu Chiroma, also known as Lingi, PRNigeria learnt.

PRNigeria yesterday reported that no fewer than 25 ISWAP terrorists fleeing air strikes of the military were drowned while attempting to cross a deep river within Lake Chad axis in the North East.

It was gathered that six military fighter jets belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) ‘aggressively’ raided camps of the ISWAP elements, on Thursday evening.

The camps, located at Bukar Mairam and Jibularam, served as warehouses for ISWAP insurgents’ ammunition and firearms.
Concerning the attack at Mandaragirau village, a source, disclosed that, “We woke up to this shocker. The last time this kind of episode happened here was when they went to the market and pick someone. But that one we learnt that they suspected him to be an informant for the soldiers.

”For these young men, we are suspecting that the ISWAP may be out to take young men to forcefully conscript them into their ranks. ISWAP recently have been recruiting young men from villages around the southern Borno axis.”
Another resident, however, noted that it was rather unbelievable to see happenings like this when the news making the round indicated that the military was dealing decisively with the ISWAP elements.

”If something like this will continue to happen in the face of the ongoing stories and promises, then we do not know who to trust or believe anymore. I was devastated to receive the message very early in the morning that ISWAP came to our village and took with them some young men.

“This is sad. We have not received any news regarding why they were taken. We are all praying for them to return safely. But I am equally afraid of the happening especially these days with such reports of abduction and current recruitment by the ISWAP,” he said.

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