Ten civilians were killed by the Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) in Dogsa village, Yobe State, in a recent attack. Reports suggest that the locals were searching for one Shettima Dawi, who had gone missing while scouting for firewood and was intercepted and killed by the terrorists. Following this, the relatives and neighbors mobilized themselves to search for Dawi’s whereabouts, only to be ambushed by the terrorists and killed.
Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, stated that the ten bodies were recovered and buried on Friday afternoon. Intelligence sources revealed that after the burial, the terrorists returned to the community and ordered the residents not to be seen in the area.
The insurgents had arrived on motorcycles and hilux trucks on Wednesday evening and warned the locals not to inform the security agencies about their presence. They claimed that they were hiding from the Nigerian military and planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) within the general area to further fortify the area from attacks.
The situation in the Lake Chad region has become more volatile in recent years due to the continuous attacks by Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. The Nigerian military has been struggling to combat the insurgency, and locals have become targets of these attacks, leading to the displacement of many.
The elimination of innocent civilians in the region has become a grave concern for the authorities. The government and security agencies need to take urgent and proactive measures to safeguard the lives and properties of the people in the region. The elimination of terrorists, the rehabilitation of the affected areas, and the restoration of peace and stability to the region are essential for the progress and development of the affected areas.
The attack by ISWAP that led to the killing of ten civilians in Dogsa village, Yobe state, is a sad development that highlights the urgent need for security measures in the region. The Nigerian government and security agencies must work together to ensure that the people of the region are protected from further attacks