A new clash between Boko Haram and ISWAP, two militant groups in Borno State, has left many fighters dead, according to a report on Saturday by Zagazola Makama, a Lake Chad security analyst and counter-insurgency expert, on his social media platform X.
He said that the death toll could exceed 60 as the conflict continued.
He revealed that a fierce battle erupted between the two groups at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA around 1400 hours, resulting in the deaths of the leaders of the opposing groups.
He explained that the attack was revenge for the huge killing of ISWAP fighters by the Buduma factions that had taken over most of their hideouts.
He wrote, “During an infighting in the North East of Borno State, scores of fighters from the Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihd, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, terrorists, including their commanders, were killed.
“Reports indicated that a heavy fight broke out between the two groups at Tumbum Ali Island in Marte LGA at about 1400 hours.
“Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad region, that six boats belonging to the Bakura Buduma faction and four JAS elements boats, all full of fighters, were destroyed.