Battle For Supremacy Rages in Boko Haram, ISWAP Nigeria Camps

A fierce battle between Boko Haram militants and splinter group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has broken out in their camps, leading to the killing of several of their fighters. ISWAP, which split from the mainstream Boko Haram in 2016, has become a dominant group, focusing on military targets and high-profile attacks, including against aid workers. Boko Haram has killed more than 40,000 people since 2009 and continues to orchestrate regular attacks across the country. The Nigerian Army has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently downplays any loss of life. Boko Haram has been responsible for many attacks, including the April 2014 abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls from their school. Their capture led to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Many Nigerians have raised concerns over the violent activities of the insurgents and remain unimpressed with the level of the government's commitment towards ending the decade-old war. The worsening security situation in Nigeria has forced President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to the call to replace his four service chiefs.

 

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