Borno State in Northeast Nigeria has recorded over 300 security incidents and attacks by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in March 2021, as the military also stepped up offensives.
A report and statistical data compiled by a security agency in Borno indicated a surge in Boko Haram factions’ attacks when compared with 224 attacks recorded in Feb 2021.
The report stated that there was a significant increase in the cumulative number of attacks and incidents carried out by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in March during which 308 attacks were recorded.
Combat operations by Nigerian security forces against the groups also spiked with 58 recorded as against 30 recorded in Feb.
According to the report, these kinetic actions were attributed to several factors including the ongoing operation Tura Takai Bango in Alagarno forest and Multinational Joint Task Force operations in Sambisa forest. Others were the police and the paramilitary defence corps.
The security report also stated that insurgents stepped up the setting of illegal vehicle checkpoints, especially in Northern Borno. Similarly, in March, improvised explosive device incidents surged to 35 from 20 in Feb.
Konduga Local Government Area in Borno central recorded 50 incidents while Damboa in the southern part and close to the dreaded Alagarno forest recorded 43, and Gwoza, the former headquarters of Boko Haram in southern Borno had 44 incidents.
Other Lcal Government Areas with a high number of attacks were Nganzai (35) in northern Borno, and Bama (20) in the central part of Borno State. Some areas in Southern Borno such as Bayo, Chibok, Hawul, Kwaya Kusar, and Shani, recorded zero attacks in Feb. according to the security agency report.
The number of attacks could be higher due to lack of access to information on some areas like Guzamala and other areas where insurgents have a strong presence.
Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād commonly known as Boko Haram, and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have waged a campaign of violence that cin need of humanitarian assistance in Northeast Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin.