Military eliminates Nigerian ISWAP leader, Ba’a Shuwa, scores of fighters

Aliya Moses
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The Nigerian military has recorded a huge breakthrough by eliminating the Nigerian leader of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Ba’a Shuwa, and scores of his fighters in the northeast of Borno during a major offensive.

Ba’a Shuwa was the ISWAP leader of the Nigerian Wylayat, Lake Chad, Kwalfarji, Timbuktu Farouq, and Sambisa Mantika of the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Reliable sources, including Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad region, confirmed that the damaging airstrikes carried out on January 2, 2023, at Kwatan Dilla in Abadam LGA of Borno State had led to the killing of Ba’a Shuwa, including scores of his fighters.

Sources said that the exploitation after the strike showcased footage of scores neutralising enemy elements and equipment.

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Shuwa was appointed in 2021 after Abubakar Shekau killed himself. He was commanding terrorists in Chiralia, Markas Kauwa, Abirma, Buk, Abulam, Dusula, Abbagajiri, Gorgore, and many other camps within the Timbuktu and Alagarno axes in the south of Borno.

Some of his top commanding officers included Khaid Hanzala, Ba’a Idirisa, Rawana, Abou Ibrahim, Mallam Abubakar, Abou Aisha, and Abou Khalid, who were responsible for the recent attack on the electricity towers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.

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Ba’a Shuwa and his groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes, and IED/mines towards Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri, Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gaidam, and other parts of Borno and Yobe States.

The terrorists’ hibernated in highly fortified hideouts under thick foliage and rocks properly concealed and camouflaged to evade air strikes within the Timbuktu Triangle.

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