In a fierce confrontation at Duji village in Mobbar, Damasak Local Government of Borno State, dozens of fighters from Boko Haram, ISWAP, and the Jam’at Ahl As-Sunnah Lid-Da’wah Wa’l-Jihd met their demise. The clash, occurring just five kilometers from the Diffa region in Niger Republic, resulted in significant casualties among the extremist groups.
The Bakoura Buduma-led faction of Boko Haram, armed with heavy weapons, initiated the attack on the rival ISWAP group in their hideouts. According to counter-insurgency expert and Lake Chad region security analyst Zagazola Makama, the clash unfolded after the Bakoura faction captured an ISWAP fighter who had escaped from their den but was recaptured en route by the Budouma clan camp.
Forced to accompany Bakoura faction fighters to ISWAP hideouts, a protracted gun battle ensued, lasting over two hours. Ultimately, the Boko Haram faction overwhelmed ISWAP, resulting in numerous casualties for the latter group. In the exchange, Boko Haram lost one of its fighters. The intensity of the clash underscores the ongoing complexity and volatility of the security situation in the region.