Intensified Counter-Insurgency Efforts: Nigerian Troops Engage ISWAP and Bandits in Two Separate Incidents

Intensified Counter-Insurgency Efforts: Nigerian Troops Engage ISWAP and Bandits in Two Separate Incidents

…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media. On Thursday, July 20, 2023, Fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) engaged in a clash with the troops of the Nigerian Army in Borno State.


The confrontation took place in the Monguno Local Government Area of the state and involved the Sector 3 multi-national joint task force (MNJTF).

Additionally, a separate operation was conducted by the Nigerian Army in Kagarko LGA of Kaduna to raid bandits’ hideouts.

ISWAP Insurgents’ Attack in Monguno, Borno State

According to reports, the ISWAP terrorists launched an invasion on Thursday, arriving at the location in Monguno on several Hilux trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns.


Some of the insurgents rode on motorcycles while others approached on foot, targeting the troops stationed at Charlie 6 in Monguno town.

Renowned counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, confirmed the encounter between the insurgents and the army.

Army’s Response and Foiling of ISWAP Attack

Despite the insurgents’ initial aggression, the troops of the Sector 3 MNJTF effectively confronted them, leading to a fierce clash. The Nigerian Army’s response was swift and robust, forcing the terrorists to flee the area.

The confrontation demonstrated the military’s determination to tackle the threat posed by ISWAP in the region.

Nigerian Army’s Raid on Bandits’ Hideouts in Kagarko, Kaduna

In a separate development, over 100 troops reportedly conducted an operation in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna.


The target of this operation was bandits who had fled from the far north and were attempting to set up camp around villages in Kagarko.

The troops successfully raided the bandits’ hideouts, prompting them to escape into the forest.

Confirmation by Nigerian Army Spokesperson

Nigerian Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the Kagarko operation and dispelled rumors of any informant arrests.

He asserted that the troops carried out the operation as part of their ongoing efforts to combat insurgency and restore security in the region.

Intensified Efforts in the Fight against Terrorism

Recent events indicate that the Nigerian Army has increased its efforts to combat terrorism, particularly in the Northern region of the country.


The clashes with ISWAP fighters and the successful raid on bandits’ hideouts are examples of the military’s intensified operations to maintain peace and security in the affected areas.


The clashes between ISWAP fighters and the Nigerian Army in Borno State and the successful raid on bandits’ hideouts in Kaduna highlight the ongoing challenges the country faces in maintaining security.

These incidents underscore the importance of the military’s continued efforts to combat terrorism and protect communities in the Northern region of Nigeria.

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