Scores of residents abducted as troops, ISWAP clash in Borno

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Scores of persons in Kukawa, Borno state have been abducted by suspected members of the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP).

Also, three soldiers and eight ISWAP members were confirmed killed during an encounter as the insurgents battled to thwart the resettlement of displaced persons who returned to the community.

In a statement issued by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche titled, ‘Boko Haram/ISWAP futile attempt to scuttle the resettlement of Kukawa community in Borno State’, the Defence headquarters said the encounter took place on Tuesday night.

Enenche however said the attack on Kukawa town “was vehemently thwarted” by troops.

He explained that the insurgents were trying to scuttle the resettlement of displaced persons who returned to the community.

“During the incident, eight Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised and unconfirmed number escaped with gunshots wounds.

“Unfortunately, three soldiers were fatally wounded and later gave up at the military medical reception station at Kukawa military location.

“Two others also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.”

It could be recalled that the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, had on July 29 flagged off the re-opening of Munguno-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa road which was followed almost immediately with the resettlement of some of the displaced people in Kukawa.

The military said the attack by the terrorists was a deliberate attempt to “reverse the milestone achievements” recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of peace-building, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and resettlement efforts by the government.

It, however, noted that the situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control.

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