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ISWAP Attacks Army Institute In Borno

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants on Monday evening targeted Buratai town in Borno state.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents in multiple vehicles on Tuesday, Jan. 10, destroyed parts of the Nigerian Army Institute during an attack on Buratai town in Nigeria’s northeastern  Borno State. 

HumAngle learnt that a yet-to-be-ascertained number of people were killed. Several vehicles were also destroyed alongside sections of the Nigerian Army Institute.  

The Institute for War and Peace in Buratai, Biu Local Government Area (LGA) of Southern Borno was inaugurated in 2020 by State Governor, Babagana Zulum, and the former Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. Buratai town is about 30km  from Biu, the headquarters of the LGA. 

Initially donated in 2015 as a museum for relics of war and insurgency, the institute was upgraded in 2019 and transformed into an institute with six centres, including research, documentation, counter-terrorism and insurgency, cyber security, strategic communication, museum, and archives.

Similarly, on Monday, Nigerian troops recovered at least one gun truck and several weapons after an encounter with ISWAP insurgents in Kawuri area of Konduga Local Government. 

The over a decade long conflict in Northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin has killed thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people. 


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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