Nigerian Military Base is currently under ISWAP attack.
An insurgent group loyal to the Islamic State – West Africa Province (ISWAP) has engaged troops at a military base in Borno State’s Askira/Uba Local Government Area in a heavy gun duel.
Askira’s residents have fled into the bush, but troops are fighting the attackers. Furthermore, a source said as soon as the attackers stormed Askira, they turned toward the military base.
At the time of publication of this report, causality figures could not be determined.
The Islamic State (IS), a Salafi jihadist terrorist organisation and unrecognised proto-state, has an administrative section called ISWAP.
It is particularly active in the Chad Basin, where it fights a multi-pronged insurgency against Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. It is a branch of Boko Haram, with whom it maintains a violent feud; in 2021, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed in a combat with ISWAP.
Although the actual relationships between ISWAP and IS-GS are limited, it is the umbrella organisation for all IS factions in West Africa, including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (IS-GS).