Insurgents Attack Askira Uba, Destroy Properties

Insurgents Tuesday evening attacked the town of Womdeo in Askira Uba Local Government, Borno State forcing residents to flee to safety.

Askira Uba is about 190km from Maiduguri, the state capital, and shares boundaries with Biu, Chibok, Gwoza and Hawul Local Government areas.

The local government area is also close to dreaded Sambisa forest.

The insurgents destroyed houses, livelihoods and vehicles during the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Askira Uba and other parts of Southern Borno have recently suffered a series of attacks claimed by Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP).

In December 2020, insurgents launched a daring attack on Askira Uba in 15 gun trucks leading to fierce clashes between the insurgents and troops.

The troops recovered and destroyed several weapons and gun trucks in that attack.

In April, Boko Haram insurgents stormed Rumirgo village in Askira Uba, shooting indiscriminately and sending residents fleeing into the surrounding countryside.

In December 2019, Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, expressed serious concern over attacks by Boko Haram in some towns and villages of Askira Uba Local Government Area.

His comments followed attacks in Chul, Rumirgo, Lassa, Mussa, Kufa and Gwandam towns and villages all in the same local government area.

The decade-long Boko Haram insurgency has killed over 30,000 people in Northeast Nigeria and displaced around two million from their homes.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Abuja.

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