An estimated seventy commanders and combatants were slain on Saturday during a conflict between Boko Haram and its rival terrorist organization, ISWAP.
According to credible sources, internal strife between the two terrorist rival groups has recently escalated, as the Sahel ISIS has recently transferred combatants and armaments to ISWAP in the Chad Basin to reestablish terrorist control over the area.
Based on dependable sources, this development has prompted both terrorist organizations to intensify their attacks on the Niger Republic portion of the Lake Chad Basin. As a consequence, a growing number of Nigerian refugees residing in the adjacent Francophone nation have been compelled to return home, resulting in the progressive accumulation of IDPs in the camp located in Damasak, Mobbar LGA, Borno State.
Throughout their conflict, both rival groups harbored the intention of not only eradicating the other from the area but also engaging the Multi-National Joint Task Force to solidify their authority over the Chad Basin.
Reportedly, at approximately 2:00 pm on Saturday, Boko Haram and ISWAP clashed on Tumbum Ali Island in the Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.
While some sources speculated that the number of casualties on both sides could exceed 60, additional sources confirmed that the figure could reach 70 or even higher as the combat continued.
The ongoing clashes between ISWAP and Boko Haram illustrate a triple threat, including the MNJTF and the two rival factions.