Has Islamic States finally gained foothold in Nigeria?

Nigeria and her neighbours have for a decade contended with radical Islamic terror group Boko haram, whose name literally means ‘Western Education is evil’. The group had engaged in all manner of horrible acts, like kidnappings, rapes, forced marriages, killings, bombing and destruction of anything that represented civilization.

Theses atrocities has led to total breakdown of law and other in the region, emergence of refugees in such a number that has never been witnessed in Nigeria since the end of civil war in 1970.

As if Boko Haram menace is not enough recently, the militant Islamic State (IS) group says its fighters carried out the attack in north-eastern Nigeria’s Gudumbali town on Friday night.

The militants battled government troops for hours in the town.

Shortly after this claim, an IS-affiliated news agency, Amaq, published a video of what it said was an attack on the town of Zari, also in Borno State, in which at least 30 soldiers were killed on 30 August.

This coincides with the launch of the Nigerian Air Force’s Operation Thunder Strike Two against what it describes as “remnants of the insurgents”.

Prior to this attack, there has been report that Islamic States has an affiliate in Nigeria – the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (Iswap), which is a faction within the Boko Haram group.

There seems to be a resurgence of attacks and growing boldness of Iswap after Amaq admitted in July that the militants had lost control of towns to the military. And the intensity of military operations implies a recognition of the threat they pose.

Written by Oruruo Samuel Okechukwu with some material from BBC

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