Islamic State’s West African Province’s fighters stormed Bam village in Biu LGA of Borno State, Northeastern Nigeria on Saturday at around 3:30AM local time, killing several persons said to have been working for the Nigerian government, and making away with over fifty young girls according to my sources (some sources say that the number of girls abducted is closer to hundred than fifty). Bam village is about 7-8km from Buratai village, the hometown of Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai.
Ganjigana village is located in Magumeri LGA in the central area of the state, some fifty kilometres plus due west of Maiduguri, the state capital. The insurgents struck the village on Friday 27th November at some minutes to 9pm. However unlike what would subsequently happen in Bam village they did not abduct any females, rather they looted the shops and executed two persons accused of working for the Nigerian government before burning down the town and retreating into the bush. Like Ganjibana, the insurgents also burnt down Bam village when they struck, before retreating into the bush.
In both Ganjigana and Bam, the soldiers on duty fled, with sources claiming the insurgents killed several in Ganjigana as they made to flee their posts.
This comes on the heels of the signs of insurgent forces preparing to move more resources out of combat in Northern Cameroon where they have largely taken control of the battlefield to ramp up their operations in Niger’s Diffa Region and Northeast Nigeria.
Since the Chadian withdrawal from Northern Cameroon and the sealing up of Southwestern Chad as N’djadmena tries to contain the spread of the insurgency into its territories, the insurgents have carried out multiple attacks on an increased scale in Niger, hit Nigeria with multiple suicide attacks, and for good measure abducted and most likely killed 105 soldiers from Nigeria’s 157 Battalion.