Tragic Escape: Dozens of ISWAP Members Drown While Fleeing in Borno State

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. In early June 2023, a tragic incident occurred in Borno State, as reports emerged that at least eighty-two members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) and their families drowned in a river.


These terrorists were reportedly attempting to escape the North East axis of Damasak in Nigeria but met their unfortunate fate in the running river.

Troops Engage in Successful Operations Against Bandits in Zamfara State

Simultaneously, Nigerian troops in Zamfara State have been engaged in sustained fighting patrols, leading to significant achievements.

These operations have resulted in the elimination of bandits, the rescue of kidnapped victims, and the recovery of weapons and animals.

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Nigerian Troops Thwart Bandit Attacks and Rescue Victims

According to Makama Zagazola, a renowned Security Analyst and Counter Insurgency Expert, troops from the Forward Operation Base in Bakura successfully halted recent attempted attacks by fleeing bandits.

The troops received credible information about armed bandits targeting Rogoji Village and Sakida-Janbako Village, and upon arrival, the bandits fled upon seeing the troops’ advance.

Coordinated Fighting Patrols Yield Positive Results

Troops deployed to the Forward Operating Base Unashi in Kebbi State conducted a coordinated fighting patrol in the Sabuwa forest under Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.


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As a result, five kidnapped victims were rescued from the bandits’ enclaves.

Additionally, another operation led to the rescue of two kidnapped victims in the Naruba forest, with the troops swiftly handing them over to the appropriate authority.

Foiled Attack and Successful Rescue Efforts

In yet another operation, troops deployed to Magami successfully foiled a bandit attack and kidnapping attempt at the Dogon Santsi axis.

The troops rescued the kidnapped victims, while some of the bandits were neutralized.

Reunification of Kidnapped Victims with Their Families

The rescued victims were subsequently handed over to the appropriate authorities, such as the Sarki of Unashi village and Sarkin Magami, who ensured their safe return to their families.

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The tragic incident of ISWAP members drowning while attempting to flee, coupled with the successes of Nigerian troops in Zamfara State, showcases the ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.

The resilience and strategic operations of the troops have resulted in the neutralization of criminals, the rescue of victims, and the recovery of weapons.

These achievements demonstrate the commitment of Nigerian security forces to maintain peace and security within the country.


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