ISWAP Fighters Kill 14 in Nigeria-Cameroon Border Over ‘Blockade’

 In Nigeria, Terrorism, Africa, MINT, N11

Jihadists have killed 14 people on a Cameroonian island on Lake Chad near the border with Nigeria after their town decid­ed to block food sup­plies to the insur­gents, secu­ri­ty sources said Thursday.

Fighters from the so-called Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) landed on the island of Bulgaram aboard speed­boats from an enclave on the Nigerian side late Tuesday, they said.

“They came around 6:30 pm (1830 GMT) while people were prepar­ing for evening prayers and shot dead 14 com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers,” a secu­ri­ty source told AFP.

Some of the vic­tims were shot in their homes while others were killed in the mosque where they had gone to pray, said anoth­er source, who gave a sim­i­lar toll.

The assault was launched after the town — a major logis­ti­cal route for ISWAP jihadists on the Nigerian side of the lake — decid­ed to cut off food sup­plies for the jihadists.

In recent days, local chiefs had invoked the Koran at a town hall meet­ing and placed a curse on any res­i­dent allow­ing sup­plies to the jihadists.

The insur­gents viewed the deci­sion as a betray­al and a show of sup­port for the local author­i­ties.

The past week has seen sev­er­al Nigerian air raids on ISWAP strongholds that have inflict­ed heavy casu­al­ties, accord­ing to mil­i­tary and local sources.

“The ter­ror­ists believe the block­ade is part of the ongo­ing mil­i­tary oper­a­tion aimed at starv­ing them while they are under bom­bard­ment,” a source added.

The Lake Chad area is a vast marshy area shared by Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.

Western parts of the lake have become havens for Nigerian jihadists, whose 10-year-old cam­paign has claimed tens of thou­sands of lives.

The Defense Post source|articles

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